As is evident from this photo of the original recipe, which is shown exactly as it's stored in her Mother's recipe box, the insomniac grew up long, long ago; well before staples or paper clips were invented.
|It's true. The insomniac's real name is Mike ...|
One has fond memories of her Mother making this recipe every Easter for many years, and when the insomniac eventually had offspring of her own, she carried on in her Mother's footsteps. When the offspring were very young, we would often make extras and deliver them to the neighbours in a large wicker Easter basket.
Back then, the recipe for Rice Krispie squares printed on the inside of the cereal box was used, as it makes twice the number of nests. However, if you've just recently started Bat Fit, or perhaps even rejoined Weight Watchers again like Mike has, you'll probably want to stick with the original recipe, which makes a mere twelve nests. And thanks to that newfangled invention called the Micro-Wave Oven, you can now simply nuke the marshmallows and butter on high for two minutes instead of dirtying a saucepan or double boiler. The original recipe also benefits from the addition of a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the melted marshmallow and butter mixture.
|The Sainted Mother never made Bunnies. Only Nests.|
|It is imperative you use Rice Krispies.|
And Easter Jelly Beans ... not Everyday Jelly Beans.
Although the original instructions recommend shaping the nests around the outside of a custard cup, and one has even seen them made inside muffin tins, again - it's just one more thing to wash afterwards. Simply make free-form nests with your hands, which are far easier to wash than a cup or a tin. And besides, they look more like real nests when they're not perfect. If you find the mixture sticks to your fingers during the process, dip them in cold water and shake them off before proceeding with the nest building.
|Leaving big globs of white marshmallow mixture |
throughout also helps the nests look more realistic ...
The final result, with each nest containing exactly the same number of jelly beans in exactly the same colours, to avoid such scenarios as “She's got more eggs in her nest than I do!” or “He got more pink eggs in his nest than I did!” The astute reader will notice that by the time this picture was taken, two nests had already gone missing. One blames the youngest. And also the spouse. Further clarifying why all the “refrigerate until” steps have been eliminated from the original recipe; they're just not around long enough to spoil.
|The insomniac isn't crazy about the nests and the spouse doesn't like the jelly beans.|
It works out perfectly.
This month's homework assignment is due March 20-22, so please be sure to check out the other participants on those dates!
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. And in case you're interested, one nest plus ten jelly beans equates to roughly 6000 Weight Watchers Plus Points. Totally worth it. Goodnight, my pretties.