Showing posts with label Easter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easter. Show all posts

Friday, April 6, 2012

DIY Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs

This is a really simple recipe for a great homemade treat for Easter/Resurrection Sunday. I do like the symbolism of eggs, something that looks dead, like a tiny tomb, but from which new life can spring forth. I made similar candies at Christmas time and never got around to posting them, but I made trees and squares then. You can of course make these whatever shape you wish for any occasion you wish, and everyone will be delighted.

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Recipe

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (I used homemade this time. You can also substitute powdered milk for up to ⅓ of the sugar. I did this at Christmas time, grinding the powdered milk up finer in the blender, and it worked well also.)
  • 1 bag chocolate chips for melting and dipping
  1. Combine peanut butter and powdered sugar (and powdered milk if desired) in a bowl. Knead together until it is well combined and becomes the consistency of play dough. If you feel like it is too crumbly add more peanut butter, if too sticky, add more powdered sugar.
  2. Form desired shapes, and place in refrigerator or freezer to chill while you melt the chocolate.
  3. Melt chocolate chips. I suggest melting them in a double boiler as it is the only way that I have tried that I have never ruined a batch. You can microwave them too, but I've had them burn occasionally. And this time I was in a hurry at first and thought I'd just melt them in a pot over really low heat, and they first bag of chocolate chips got all weird and crumbly and wouldn't melt. So melt chocolate chips completely with your desired method, but I think I'll be sticking to the double boiler.
  4. Dip peanut butter shapes in chocolate mixture, coat thoroughly, pull them out with a fork and tap on the side of the pan to dip off excess chocolate, and place on aluminum foil or waxed paper to cool. Repeat until all of the shapes are covered. Refrigerate to set up the chocolate, and then store in an airtight container in a cool place or the refrigerator.
I made just over 30 small eggs, and I actually had a little melted chocolate left over this time, so I made chocolate covered cherries too. 

You can also put these candies on sticks to make a candy pop. I insert a small stick or straw into the candy after the chocolate has hardened and then individually wrap these for small gifts for my kids. Great for Easter baskets, Valentine's day treats, or stocking stuffers.

How not to melt chocolate

Thursday, April 5, 2012

DIY Unleavened Bread

I thought about trying to make lamb this week, but it was really expensive...and really gross looking at the store. So I decided that I was just going to be glad that I don't have to kill a lamb anymore, or even just skin part of an already killed one, and not attempt something that was going to make me feel ill right now.

So I just made stew with ground beef, but also made this unleavened bread to go with it. We read and talked briefly with our boys about the passover and last supper. They are still very young of course and can't understand everything, but it was one more way we are just trying to be always teaching them.

This bread turned out quite tasty and would be a good accompaniment to soups, stews, or pasta, anytime of the year. It was delicious both plain and with butter for dinner.

Homemade Unleavened Bread Recipe
  • 3 cups flour (I used 1½ cups whole wheat and 1½ cups white flour)
  • 1 cup or more of water
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1½ tsp salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, kneading dough until well combined and smooth. Add more water as needed, but dough should remain slightly dry.
  2. Divide in 8–10 pieces, and roll into 5 inch flat circles about ½ inch thick.
  3. Place on cookie sheets, and bake in a preheated oven at 350 F for 12–20 minutes.

Easter/Resurrection Preschool Activity: Window Coloring

It's been a little while since we've bought out the window crayons and markers around here, and when I unpacked them in our new house, the boys we're begging to use them. So I thought it would be a good way to do a simple Easter or Resurrection activity with the boys. I simply drew three crosses and an empty tomb and then let them color them and the rest of the window while we talked about the story together. The window crayons and big drawings made this activity special, but it was a really simple and low-key way to talk about the story with my 3½-year-old and 2-year-old.


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