I hope everyone had a nice Easter. It was chilly here, but sunny. I am not religious, but my family is and we have traditions for all the holidays. One of our Easter traditions is what we have for breakfast, which is Easter Nest. Traditionally, there should be one egg for each member of the family, but since I am a family of one I took a little license.
The important thing is that each egg is decorated differently! The nest is decorated with shredded coconut mixed with a drop of green food coloring. For those inexplicable people who don't like coconut, in the past I have substituted sliced almonds colored with a drop of green food coloring.
Warm over low heat until melted 1/2 Cup Milk 1/4 Cup Sugar 1/4 Cup Shortening 1 teaspoon Salt
Dissolve 1 package (2 1/2 teaspoons) Yeast 1/4 Cup warm water
Stir in 1 egg milk/sugar/shortening mixture
Stir in 3 Cups flour (starting with 2 1/2 and adding more as needed)
Knead until soft, 8-10 minutes.
Let rise in greased bowl until doubled in bulk, about one hour. Punch down and divide into thirds. 2/3 will be the nest and 1/3 the eggs. Let rest 10 minutes. Form nest by dividing dough into thirds, making ropes, and braiding. Form eggs. Arrange on pan, leaving space between eggs and between nest and eggs (otherwise it will be doughy in the middle). Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350. Bake 17-23 minutes, until browned.
Glaze with 1 Cup Powdered Sugar 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla, Lemon Extract*, or Lemon Juice 1-2 Tablespoons Milk
*I make my own lemon extract be zesting lemons to fill a small glass spice jar, pouring vodka over the zest to cover, tightly sealing, and allowing flavors to meld for a month or two. It requires patience but is cheap and high quality.
Mary of Sewfast Embroidery really is sew fast! Last Monday I mentioned my project idea and asked if anyone could help me out. Mary immediately volunteered to do me name patches for my twin nephews for free! And look what I got in the mail over the weekend. Aren't they adorable??? When I opened the package I just could not stop giggling at their cuteness. Now I have to come up with some projects!
The sewing world is so friendly and helpful! I got many responses to my request for a favor, including Nicole, Beth Conky's daughter, whose Etsy shop is Cole's Creations.