The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the windows are open ~ it is truly springtime! Not only are the birds singing, they are busy nesting in some of the boxes along the fence row. All this spring activity has inspired me to try something completely different today ~ creating edible nests to fill with custard and berries. The original recipe from Sweet Paul Magazine calls for Kataifi Dough, which is a spun Phyllo Dough. Nope, none to be found around here, so I made some of my own. Sort of a science experiment in the kitchen today.
I will admit that my dough looks a bit like spaghetti. Next time I will make the dough thinner and cut a smaller hole into the zip lock bag before I start pressing it out into the hot skillet. Better yet, I may find a source and purchase the Kataifi Dough. I’ve surrounded some of the nests with fresh herbs and twigs from the garden along with nestling a quail egg inside.
I used folded half sheets of Phyllo Dough to press into the openings of a muffin tin. Then Kataifi Dough was layered and looped around before adding some extra cut strips of Phyllo Dough. I felt this would make them study enough to hold some vanilla custard topped with berries. I had no idea how or if this would turn out, but I might actually try this again sometime.
I suggest purchasing Kataifi Dough if possible. It will be spun very thin and be a bit more “nest like” (rather than “spaghetti like”). And I do recommend adding a folded half sheet of Phyllo Dough into the tin first to stabilize and firm up the nest, especially if you will be adding a custard filling with toppings.
Here’s to science and cheers to Spring!