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Monday, March 1, 2010

Chocolate Covered Bananas

Here's the recipe for one of our favorite FHE treats:

Chocolate Covered Bananas
(from Favorites cookbook)
-6 ripe bananas
-1 (11.5) package semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (I like Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate)
-3 tablespoons shortening

Peel bananas. Cut in half crosswise. Insert a wooden stick into the flate end of each half. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and freeze for 2 to 3 hours.

Melt chocolate morsels and shortening over hot (not boiling) water in double boiler. When chocolate is smooth, dip frozen bananas in chocolate. Bananas can also then be coated with nuts, sprinkles, or coconut, just after they are dipped.

Cover bananas loosely with foil and put back in freezer until ready to serve.

Note: One variation my family did growing up was my mom would cut the bananas into about 2-inch slices and insert toothpicks before freezing. We would then dip the bite-size banana pieces in the hot chocolate and other toppings and eat immediately. We did not refreeze them. We did let them cool for a minute or so if the chocolate was too hot. But the chocolate should harden a bit in that time, since the bananas are frozen. This works better in a time pinch. And young helpers really like dipping, eating, dipping, eating, etc. Click here for Curly's demonstration! :o)

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