Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Nothing Much Better than Chocolate! - recipe

Terry L. White’s Hand Dipped Chocolates

For filling:

1         cup peanut butter (crunchy or plain)
1         cup confectioner’s sugar (more if needed to form right consistency for candy balls)
½        cup chopped dried figs or dates,
1/4     cup butter, softened at room temperature
1/4     tsp. vanilla extract
1/4     tsp salt

Mix butter, peanut butter, vanilla and salt together. Add chopped fruit. Mix well. Add confectioner’s sugar a little at a time and continue to mix well until it forms a dough-like consistency. Roll into small round balls and place on waxed paper on a cookie sheet. Cool in refrigerator for at least one hour.

For Chocolate coating:

Melt 8 oz of semi-sweet dark chocolate and one ounce of paraffin wax* in the top of a double boiler. When liquid, mix well and dip each candy ball in the chocolate and remove with a slotted spoon. Allow to cool on waxed paper.

* the paraffin does not affect the taste and makes the chocolate shell a bit harder when it dries, so that it won’t melt at room temperature.

Contributed by Terry L. White, author and songwriter of the popular ballad:
    "There's Nothing Much Better than Chocolate!
        The sweet thing that won't let you down....  

Not to mention 14 novels , two books of poetry,  and several non-fiction books.

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