Did you like the Edible Birds Nest? Yeah!! Here is a tutorial for you.
1. Bake some stuff.
2. Assemble it.
I make my regular old sugar cookie dough and add a dab of brown food coloring. Mix it in 'kinda' good as a little color difference adds some contrast to the twigs.
Roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick. Remember making 'snakes' with play dough as a kid? That's all you're doing.
Cut 1/4 inch strips (or bigger or smaller depending on how big you want your nest) and then roll dough in your fingers. Feel free to be as messy and sloppy as you want.
Throw them on a baking sheet and bake for about six minutes.
They should not change in size too much.
Begin to assemble. I used five sticks for the bottom and then built up. My 'twigs' were about six inches long, but some broke and I liked having the smaller sizes to fill in. This nest BARELY fit three egg sugar cookies.
So! If making them for individual treats, those dimensions work. If it is for a centerpiece, I would make the sticks longer and the bottom base bigger.
I made up a batch of icing (to use as the glue) and added the same brown food gel. (I use Ateco and purchase it online)
Make a dab at both points that your 'twig' will be resting on the nest. (only one point shown)
Just gently set the 'twig' on the icing spot.
Keep building up!
To assemble I had three piles that I would just alternate taking from.
All done! I built mine about 3 inches high.
For the filler, I grabbed a little bit of fondant and added a little more brown food coloring.
Roll it out really, really thin. I just rolled it out on wax paper.
AAAAHHHH! I had to laugh when I saw this picture.
You dont have to use a big ole knife, you can use anything that will get you fine strips of fondant.
Then just throw it into a little pile. I made three of these piles for my nest and it was plenty.
I even threw some on top of a big spoon to get some more dimension. Please dont look at my filthy stove top.
I let it sit out for about six hours. Mostly cause I had a bunch of other stuff to do and forgot about it.
I think a few hours would suffice.
Here is the nest with the fondant filler. Hubby told me it looked way to organized. I told him that birds are very meticulous. I have no idea if that's true, but I like saying meticulous.
And because my Easter egg cookies were impossible to see in the previous post, I made a few more.
So! Hope that covered everything.
Let me know if you make it and be sure to add the pictures to my flickr group. I look at every single picture that rolls in! (you guys are SO talented BTW)
I cant wait to see how you talented bakers take this idea and make it yours!