Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April Traditions: Birds' Nests and Jelly Bean Poem

Don't forget to watch the Sound of Music this Easter!
Birds' Nests 
1/3 c. corn syrup
3 c. miniature marshmallows
2T. butter
5 c. crisp rice cereal
jelly beans
Stir together corn syrup, marshmallows, and butter in a Dutch oven over low heat (may want to spray Dutch oven with cooking spray first), stirring often 8 min. or until marshmallows melt.  Add cereal, stirring until well-blended.  Spoon mixture evenly into 16 lightly greased muffin pan cups.  Press with wax paper to compact.  Press an indentation in centers, forming a nest, and let cool completely.  Remove nests, and fill centers with jelly beans (I love chocolate so I use Cadbury mini eggs).  For Peanut Butter Birds' Nests:  Reduce marshmallows to 2 cups, and substitute 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter.  Proceed as directed.  Yield:  16 nests.

We discovered a fabulous, super-easy recipe from an old Friend magazine that we used as Bird's Nests this year.  They worked great!  They were even easier than the one above, albeit probably more fattening!
Peanut Butter Clusters (follow nest directions above to turn them into Birds' Nests)
1 c. butterscotch chips
1/2 c. peanut butter
3 c. cornflakes or puffed rice
Slowly melt butterscotch chips in medium-size saucepan over low heat.  Stir in peanut butter a spoonful at a time.  Remove from heat and stir in cereal.  Place by spoonfuls onto waxed paper, and cool in refrigerator until firm.

If you want a much healthier version of Birds' Nests (this is why Utah is one of the skinniest places to live-she uses fiber one), go to one of my favorite blogs:

Jelly Bean Poem Handout (with a little bag of jellybeans!)

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