Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Treats: What's in YOUR Basket?

Chocolate Easter Cake from Termini's
In my basket, I'm hoping for chocolate--dark, rich, chocolate (none of that adulterated milk stuff for me.)   If you feel like making your own, try our chocolate dipped strawberries  or chocolate bark.  Remember, you can alter the recipes to your own preferences--substitute orange sections or banana slices for the strawberries or dried cherries and cashews for the cranberries and pistachios.

Another chocolate fave, either wrapped in a pretty jar as an Easter gift or heated and served as dessert, is chocolate fondue.  Here's my recipe, couldn't be simpler:

Philly Food Lovers' Chocolate Fondue
(makes about 2 cups sauce)

1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 11-oz bag dark chocolate chips (I prefer Ghirardelli).

In small saucepan, heat milk and whisk in cocoa powder til just short of bubbling.  Meanwhile, dump chips into medium bowl.  Pour hot milk mixture over chips, let sit for a minute or to so chips can melt and mix til smooth.  Serve warm over ice cream, or as fondue with fruit and bite sized pieces of pound or angel food cake for dipping. (r eat with spoon directly from pan if you are having a particularly bad day.)  If using as a gift, allow sauce to cool and pour into decorative jars. 

In our increasingly secular society (with apologies to my dear, departed, very Catholic Grandma) Easter has, in many cases, become more about bunnies and baskets than the Resurrection.  But no matter where you fall on the religion spectrum, you can't help but fall into raptures over these divine Easter sweets...all on offer these days at Reading Terminal Market. 

Assorted eggs from PA General Store

Not chocolate, but super cute FlowerPot Cookies from the PA General Store
Glen Mueller of Mueller's Chocolates with coconut cream eggs and a bunny--a small fraction of their Easter Offerings

Flying Monkey's Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Egg Cupcake
We're hoping that some of these hop into our baskets on Sunday morning!  (Well, maybe not Mr. Mueller himself, for that wouldn't be proper,  but certainly the choccies.)

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