Easter Nests

Happy Easter!
I know I’m a little late, BUT it’s still easter. And that’s why I’ll share with you an easter-themed treat I made yesterday. And a cameo of my mum.
But first, here’s a picture of my brother, my mum and me collecting chocolate eggs. Twentyone years ago, in our garden that was mainly vegetable beds back then (which my brother is trampling because he’s so busy collecting eggs). Not that I remember, I was one and a half years old.

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Aren’t we cute?:) I know, aaawwww!

And now to business. I made these easter baskets from the pretzel-yeast-dough I shared yesterday. Instead of cooking it in lye, I used sugared water (as you do with bagels).
First make the dough according to the recipe. After letting it rise for an hour, divide it into 9 parts, which you then divide into 3 parts again.

yeast dough strands yeast dough strands
Roll to long strands and braid them.

yeast dough strands
This one kinda looks like a little octopus. Hehe. Or rather a little threetopus.

uncooked nests
Pinch the ends together (try to hide it by pinching matching strands) and place the nests on a baking sheet.
Bring the water to a boil and add the granulated sugar.

dough nest in lye
Cook each nest for 30 seconds and put them aside (on parchment paper).

dough nests with eggwash coarse sugar
Brush them with eggwash and sprinkle them with coarse sugar. Or let them sprinkle with corase sugar by your mum because you’re lazy, like I did.

dough nests
Put the eggs in the center (I suggest you put cooked and uncolored eggs in first, my colored eggs stained…) and bake for 8 minutes at 240°C (450°F).

baked easter nests baked easter nest pink egg

Easter Nests
ingredients: directions:
720ml water
3 Tbsp granulated sugar

eggwash (1 egg + 1 Tbsp milk)
coarse sugar for decoration

Make the dough according to the recipe (link above) and let sit for one hour.
Preheat your oven to 240°C (450°F).
Divide into 9 parts, divide each one into 3 parts again, roll to strands and braid. Pinch the ends together.
Bring water and sugar to a boil and cook each nest for 30 seconds.
Brush with eggwash, sprinkle with coarse sugar, put cooked eggs in the centers and bake for 8 minutes.
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