Easter Nest Blondies

  • By Stacey Smith
  • 13 Apr, 2017

White chocolate and lemon blondies with a crunchy coconut topping. 

Its Easter again! How time flies. Chris and I hosted Easter last year with family, fizz and a 3 course spring lunch, it doesn’t seem that long ago at all. I really enjoyed doing it and I’ve defiantly inherited my mum’s flare for hosting gene! However, this year couldn’t be more different, Chris is away on a stag do and my Mum is away for work so we have postponed Easter for now. I won’t be completely alone though, my sister is coming to visit for the weekend and I can’t wait!! Lots of fun, laughter and fizz...ok maybe not that different then.  

I love Easter! And I love chocolate! So Easter is a pretty great for me, especially as I have a big family. Just like Christmas I remember coming downstairs to a huge stack of Easter eggs..it was amazing! There would always be a Cadbury’s Caramel egg hidden among the many others, it was my favorite and the one I would save until last. Unfortunately the huge stack became less and less as I got older, but on the other hand the chocolate has got better, craving more sophisticated chocolate from Hotel Chocolat or a homemade Easter baked treat.

Every year a couple of years ago I went through a phase of making chocolate cupcakes, decorated with a Flake nest with mini eggs, immensely chocolaty, indulgent and oh so good! Last year I recreated the Cadbury’s Easter Nests....you know the ones. (the round chocolate spirals filled with yellow butter cream, covered in chocolate) anyway my version was a coconut sponge filled with lemon curd and coverd with white chocolate ganache, desiccated coconut and decorated with mini eggs..they were delish and as I hoped, a much posher version of the Cadbury’s.

The only downside to these little mini delights is that they are quite time consuming and fiddly to make and not really ideal to make in-between family visits, sunny trips out and cooking a roast. In my opinion, Easter bakes call for something chocolaty, easy and kid friendly so I’ve created these White chocolate and Lemon Blondies, topped with a crunchy coconut topping and decorated with mini eggs of course!

Easter Nest Blondies 

Makes 12

 

Ingredients:

160g unsalted butter
100g white chocolate
200g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
165g golden caster sugar
75g soft brown sugar
2 eggs
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the coconut topping:
120g desiccated coconut
50g golden caster sugar
1 egg white
1tsp vanilla extract

mini eggs to decorate

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas Mark 4 and grease and line 20cm square baking tin.
  2. Melt the butter in a small pan over a low heat, leave to cool for 5 minutes then stir in the chocolate until melted.
  3. In a large bowl, sift in the flour and baking powder and set aside.
  4. In separate bowl whisk the sugars, eggs, vanilla extract, lemon zest and juice until light, then whisk in the butter-white chocolate mixture.
  5. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the wet ingredients.
  6. Fold in the flour until everything is evenly incorporated, use a whisk to get rid of any floury lumpy bits.
  7. Scrape the blondie mixture in to you prepared tin, evening out the surface and bake in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes
  8. Meanwhile to make the topping, mix together the coconut, sugar, egg white and vanilla extract together in a medium bowl.
  9. After 40 minutes, remove the blondie from the oven and sprinkle to coconut over the top along with the mini eggs.
  10. Then put back in the oven for another 15 – 20 minutes until the coconut is lightly golden and there is a slight bobble in the centre of the blondie.
  11. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning it out and leaving to cool completly on a wire rack.
  12. Once cooled, cut in to 12 slices and ENJOY!!


So called after my love of raspberries and rabbits...but not in the crazy kind of way I don’t actually own a rabbit. To me raspberries and rabbits are so quintessentially British.....
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