April 20, 2011 in Baking, desserts & sweets
Gimmicks have, since I can recall, irritated me. Sorry for saying this at this time of the year, but eggs and bunnies and chickens made from poor quality chocolate are (to my mind) nothing more than consumer gimmicks. And the price we pay for these odd-tasting odd-looking things! Calling those garish goods gimmicks does not make me a choco-phobe, no! On the contrary! I could marry Willy Wonky tomorrow for his factory. And I do celebrate all the eggs that the Easter bunny can deliver! As long as they are not those pre-fab bunnies and eggs…
So I am opening the real chocolate factory today and the grandkids and I will spend the next few afternoons making our own chocolate fare for Easter using real chocolate. Two of the grandkids are teens anyway, so they know the low-down on the bunnies and eggs and the little one does not care who drops the eggs as long as they’re sweet and brown and edible.
When my kids grew up and knew for sure that there is an Easter bunny, we melted chocolate in the microwave (only because it was a brand-new oddity in kitchens then!) and mixed it with various delicacies like nuts, dates, raisins, chopped shortbread biscuits and so on. These mixes would be dropped delicious spoonsful at a time on trays lined with baking paper and set aside for the chocolate to return to its former glory. We experimented with combinations of (say) dark chocolate and dates, milk chocolate with glace ginger, and good ole Nestle milk chocolate with nuts or raisins or both. We made masses and they lasted the entire Good Friday. Bliss! By Easter Saturday we had to visit the local cafe for more slabs of chocolate so that we could make some more Easter clusters …. a legit excuse to eat lots of chocolate! Nowadays we do the same and I still add my ultimate luxury chocolate cake that looks like ten million Dollars.
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Until next week, if you’re travelling this weekend: please get there and back safely. Happy Easter! xxx