Yes, I realize it's the day before Easter.
Yes, I realize that I'm posting a Harry Potter recipe.
The day before Easter.
Does that make me a bad person?
Or does that make me eccentric?
I like the sounds of that.
All my people love Harry Potter. My niece (18 yr old) and I were the first. She started reading them at the ripe old age of 8. Then I started to read them to the Bean. Somewhere along the lines, my younger (16) niece took a liking.
Probably peer pressure.
You know, from family.
My older brother refused to read them. Or watch the movies.
He, being an older brother, liked to make fun of me for my nerdlike tendencies.
He called poor Harry names.
Then he was down for a few months with his (I'm not sure at this rate, he's had so many) 4th back surgery.
And he was bored.
Harry Potter books, well, they are fatties. They'll keep you entertained for weeks.
Or days, if you read fassst.
Long story short- he's joined the ranks. Potter Geeks RULE!
I decided to make Chocolate Frogs to give the fam for Easter.
I saw Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen do a guest post on Bakingdom's blog a couple weeks ago.
Bakingdom is one of my favorite interwebs sites to stalk, Darla is a geek too, and a majorly talented one & you cannot read one of Kristan's posts without cracking up and having your mouth water!
I squishy hearted her frog mold, and I ran to the Amazons a bought it up, quick like a fox.
I can be quick like a fox on the internet. In real life? Um... yeah, not so much.
She did hers with a fluffy (green!) marshmallow filling, and while, I'm sure that is good (and I will be trying it), the Bean's fav is chocolate and peanut butter. If you could see his Easter Basket, you'd recommend I buy stock in Reeses.
So here's what I did.
Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Frogs
Recipe by Tina @Sugar Bean Bakers
Makes approx 12 filled Frogs
6 squares of Chocolate Bark for dipping
(or equivalent in other dipping chocolate)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 Tablespoons brown sugar*
4 Tablespoons water
*I used Skippy Natural Peanut Butter, which I believe has less sugar to start with. You may want to start with 3 Tablespoons brown sugar and taste from there.
In a bowl, mix the sugar into the peanut butter. Add in the water.
Microwave for about 30 seconds. Then stir well.
It should be slightly runny.
Now, I learned recently that I'm sadly not as creative as I think I am with this post ,
so, I'm taking the lame route and telling you to follow Kristan's instructions.
And why not, they are good directions.
'Cept here's the tricky part...
Where she says fill with the marshmallow filling, fill with the peanut butter mix we just made.
This is what you get:
I like how my salsa dish looks like a lil cauldron.
And the middle?
I would like to thank the Bean for being such a wonderful hand model. He's super talented.
Since last night, he's eaten three.
And BEGGED for more.
It's possible that he likes them.
I like to give the nieces and nephew a little something when they come over, but I know that they've got loaded baskets at home, so, just a wee little treat from me.
In honor of my Manga/Anime obsessed nieces, they are getting little Take Out boxes.
The baggie in the back is the chocolate frog.
I bagged them all up quicklike to keep the Bean's grubby paws off.
It had to be done.
Happy Easter! May you be blessed with good food, good company, and good candy.