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CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS

CHOCOLATE EGGS

Be creative with your Easter gifts this year by making your own chocolate eggs. The kids will love getting involved in making them – it’s messy and fun, but the end result is well worth it.

Makes 10-12

150g good quality dark chocolate (about 70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces

2 tbsp golden syrup

2 tbsp cocoa powder

100g butter

1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

225g digestive biscuits, finely crushed

To decorate:

Smarties or alternative sweets

Melted chocolate

Tissue paper

coloured ribbon

1 empty egg box

Place the chocolate, golden syrup, cocoa powder and butter in saucepan and gently heat until melted.

Stir in the orange zest and crushed digestives then mix well. Leave the mixture to cool for about 20-30 minutes, or until it is cool enough to shape and then firmly mould into neat eggs using your hands. Sit in an egg box or egg cups, loosely lined with cling film and put in the fridge to set for about 30 minutes.

The eggs can now be individually wrapped in tissue paper, tied with coloured ribbon, or you can decorate them with smarties or alternative sweets stuck on with some melted chocolate.

PS…

Additional flavours can also be added to the eggs; 50g sultanas, raisins or chopped dried apricots or 50g finely chopped nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts or brazil nuts. Also, a splash of brandy or orange liqueur is rather tasty for the grown ups.

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