Robins’ nests

Robins’ nests

By
From
Salted Caramel Dreams
Makes
12 nests
Photographer
River Thompson

These springtime treats were inspired by the robins nesting in the kitchen window box. We secretly watched them for months, careful not to disturb the nesting pair and eager for the eggs to hatch. Sadly, they never did and the parents eventually abandoned the nest, but in their wake they left behind a real treat. I still think of those robins and wish them success in the future.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
8 shredded wheat biscuits, 175 g
225g caster sugar
75g salted butter
400g tinned condensed milk
1 teaspoon sea salt
75g good-quality milk or dark chocolate
12 tablespoons Classic salted caramel sauce, at room temperature
mini chocolate eggs, to decorate
Dry caramel

Method

  1. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with paper cases. Set to one side.
  2. In a medium bowl, break up the shredded wheat biscuits into strands. Set aside.
  3. In a large, heavy-based saucepan, make a dark dry caramel with the sugar. Once smoking, add the butter and stir well to incorporate.
  4. Turn the heat down to low and add the condensed milk. Stir thoroughly to combine and to avoid the condensed milk catching on the bottom of the pan. Add the sea salt and the broken up shredded wheat and stir well, coating every strand. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool slightly until cool enough to handle.
  5. Divide the mixture among the cases and, with dampened hands, press out and up the sides to form a nest shape. Leave to set for about 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a small bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Using a pastry brush, paint the insides of the nests with a layer of the melted chocolate. Leave to set.
  7. Once the chocolate has hardened, spoon the caramel sauce into the middle of the nests and fill the nests with mini eggs.
  8. The nests can be stored for 2 days in an airtight container.
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