While I was out and about yesterday afternoon (flying our paper kite on the beach with Lachlan and friends) someone stopped by and left me a homemade chocolate Easter egg. Making these eggs is a long-time island tradition. Although fewer islanders have been making them in recent years, it was nice to be remembered...and to be reminded that the tradition still lives on.
Here is Ms. Wilma Williams' recipe:
2 pkgs. powdered sugar
1/2 lb. butter
Sm. jar maraschino cherries, cut up, and their juice
1 sm. can coconut
About 1/2 c. chopped nuts
1/2 box raisins
1 8 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate squares
Put sugar in a bowl. Work in softened butter; add nuts, raisins, coconut and cherries. Add cherry juice slowly until mixture can be molded into egg shapes. If it gets too soft, add more sugar. Set egg shapes on waxed paper. Chill. Melt chocolate in double boiler and spoon over cool eggs on waxed paper; chill. When chocolate is hard, eggs may be decorated with icing, small candied fruits or candy. [And then delivered to friends and neighbors -- I added that!]
I think I know who brought me the chocolate egg. Many thanks!
In our latest Ocracoke Newsletter I share information about our many local cemeteries, with examples of some of our more interesting epitaphs. You can read it here.
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