A blessed Palm Sunday to all! Easter week is a busy time in an Italian household (even a half Italian one) and we're busy planning and cooking and trying to keep up with all the not-so-much fun things that still have to be done.
If you've been following us on Facebook (and you should- we have fun! And we post "bonus" recipes that don't show up here), you know that we got a special request a couple of days ago from a follower.
Tricia said "When I think of Easter, I remember that every year when I was little, my grandmother gave each of the us a giant peanut butter, chocolate covered egg. she also had them in Strawberry..but it was the PB that I loved. We kept them in the fridge and would slice off a piece at a time. ..I'd love to find a recipe for those. She didn't make them, she got them from a lady she worked with..so she can't give me the recipe."
Well, you all know that we love anything that comes from a Grandma, so we took on the challenge. We did a little online research (LOVE the internet!) and Lo and Behold!- peanut butter eggs are apparently some kind of classic! Now in my family, Easter eggs meant one thing- my nonni in Italy would send a box every year with goodies for me and my brother which always included Italian chocolate eggs.
This is similar to what I remember
Those eggs were extravagant (by today's standards) and nothing like the Hallmark eggs we find in the supermarket today. My absolute favorites were the chocolate and sugar eggs with a peephole cut into them. There was always an elaborate little "diorama" type scene inside. They were quite large and often included moveable pieces and extra "surprise" gifts inside. I searched and searched, but couldn't find any pictures of those. We also LOVED the surprises found inside the luscious chocolate eggs- my brother and I would fight over those! And the eggs were HUGE!
We posted these recipes on Facebook, but decided to put them here too since they were such fun to make. I took what I thought looked like the best components of the recipes we found online and in various community cookbooks and combined them. Our follower proclaimed them a success and I had to hide them so we'd have a few left for Easter! We actually made second batches of each today. So, we'll be back this week with more Easter goodies and hopefully a dinner or two, but in the meantime, enjoy this very "American" Easter tradition.
Peanut Butter Easter Eggs