Sweet Crispy Easter Pasta Nests
Turn fresh egg pasta into irresistible Sweet Crispy Pasta Nests. They're deep fried, golden hued treats dipped in honey and then topped with candy coated chocolate Easter eggs, pistachios and sprinkles.
- 450 grams fresh egg fettuccine, linguine or capellini or 150 grams of each for variety
- canola or vegetable oil for deep frying
Orange Infused Honey
- 1 cup honey
- orange zest from 1 orange
- 1 tablespoon brandy
Choice Of Toppings
- Mini candy coated chocolate Easter eggs
- pistachios crushed
- coloured sprinkles
Forming The Pasta Nests
Have 2 baking sheets nearby.
Using 2 or 3 strands of pasta at a time, twirl between your index and middle fingers shaping into a nest.
The amount of times you twirl the pasta around your fingers will depend on the length of the pasta strands. Just make sure you have a slight overhang to loop the extra length under the nest and back up through the middle.
Carefully place the pasta nest onto the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining fresh pasta.
Allow to rest and dry out slightly so they don't come apart in the hot oil.
Deep Frying The Nested Pasta
In a heavy bottom stock pot or dutch oven, heat about 2 inches of oil to 350 degrees. (use a thermometer for accuracy)
Carefully drop in the pasta nests, frying 3 at a time until they're golden in colour. It took me about 20 seconds to fry 3 at a time.
Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a tray lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
Continue frying the remaining pasta nests.
Orange Infused Honey
Place the honey, orange zest and brandy in a small stock pot and heat till barley a simmer while stirring occasionally.
Turn off the heat and dip the pasta nests into the honey mixture, turning to coat all over.
Transfer the honey nests onto a cooling rack. Make sure to place a cookie sheet under the rack to catch any drips.
Top with candy coated chocolate Easter eggs, crushed pistachios or sprinkles.
Keep the pasta nests covered in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg