Today I’m sharing a sneak peak of my Easter tablescape along with my hit or miss oven “boiled” eggs. Since the grands will be here, I don’t like to get too fancy. And I like to change it up every year.
I’m also including my bird’s nest candy recipe (aka haystacks).
Hit or Miss Oven “Boiled” Eggs
Here’s my take on preparing “boiled” eggs in the oven. (The instructions can be found on Pinterest.) While the concept is intriguing, I have a couple of big issues.
When I opened the oven door to take the eggs out, one of them popped open and it sounded like a bottle rocket going off, right down to the sizzle at the end. I’m not going to tell you how I almost jumped out of my skin. None of the other eggs were cracked at all, but they did have small brown spots on the shell as if the eggs were sweating and the sweat was dirty. Gross!
After I placed those sweat splotched eggs in their cold water bath for 10 minutes, I cracked one open. Lo and behold, those tiny brown spots (that were looking more and more like age spots by now) went all the way through to the inside of the egg. It was almost as if the eggs had tiny moles on them.
I just don’t think those brown spots would be very appetizing, but that is just me. I think I will stick to my tried and true way of boiling eggs. Have you ever “boiled” your eggs in the oven? How did they turn out?
Perfectly Boiled Eggs
Place eggs (single layer) in a large pot and fill with cold water. Make sure the water is an inch above the eggs. Bring to a boil, cover, remove from heat and set the timer for 18 minutes. When the timer goes off, drain and rinse with cold water until cool enough to peel. Eat or place in the fridge. Done!
Bird’s Nest Candy aka Haystacks
I had not made the bird’s nest candy in years, but they brought back the fondest memories. When my (now grown) children were young, I was room mom just about every year. One year I was room mom to daughter #3’s kindergarten class and son #1’s first grade class. And I remember making these bird nest candies and filling them with little jelly beans. Oh, what fond memories!
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups butterscotch chips
- 3 cups chow mein noodles
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- Melt the peanut butter and butterscotch chips in a double boiler or in the microwave (heat for one minute and stir. Repeat until smooth).
- Combine peanut butter mixture with chow mein noodles. Spray hands with cooking spray and shape into nests. Place in the fridge until firm.