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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries and Bananas
In Children of Liberty, a love story between a Sicilian immigrant and a high-society son of a wealthy Boston merchant set at the turn of the twentieth century, bananas are discovered by the people of Boston. Trade has opened up with Central America, and suddenly, through the efforts of the United Fruit Company, these exotic tropical delicacies start slowly to make their way through the homes of Beacon Hill. At first the cooks are reluctant. Anything new must be rejected. But in no time at all, the bananas become all the rage. They are used over oatmeal and grits, over pancakes and ice cream, in fruit salads and juices, they’re fried in butter and flambéed in liquor. But best of all, they’re covered in chocolate. And in the summertime in the great estates of Boston, the bananas along with the strawberries that grow abundant in the fields of New England, are served as a delectable summer dessert.
So for a light summer gathering of your own in the garden when the breeze is warm and the lilacs have overripened, you can never have too much of the chocolate covered strawberries and bananas!
20 fresh large whole strawberries, stems and leaves removed
6 bananas peeled and cut into thirds
1 lb chocolate chips, either semi-sweet or milk or combination
10 TBS salted butter, cut into slices
3-4 TBS Godiva Chocolate liqueur (optional)
In a double-boiler, melt chocolate over medium-high heat until completely melted, then turn heat to medium-low and add butter a TBS or two at a time, stirring constantly until fully incorporated.
The sauce should be shiny, smooth and consistency of thick pancake batter. If too thick, add more butter.
Add liqueur if using, stir, turn the heat down to just barely on, and using a skewer dip the strawberries one by one into the chocolate sauce and lay on a cookie sheet covered with foil.
Repeat with bananas.
Refrigerate for thirty minutes.
Double the recipe if you wish. No matter how many you make, it will not be enough.
For a light summer gathering of your own in the garden when the breeze is warm and the lilacs have over ripened, you can never have too much of the chocolate covered strawberries and bananas!