Sunday, 23 February 2014

Chocolate covered strawberries - Simple and Easy Dessert

Chocolate covered strawberries
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Strawberries covered with dark chocolate and a white chocolate drizzle, a treat made with love.
Chocolate covered strawberries would get the top marks for the most romantic dessert/ treat; I am not entirely sure why maybe it’s the red color or simply the chocolate. And my other half once tried to make them using store bought chocolate sauce in an attempt to surprise me and yes I was surprised and he was too it did not set. It’s a sauce it’s not going to set but the effort was worth it, it tasted great…just like chocolate fondue. That’s one thing about chocolate it can never disappoint you. And still you would find many chefs and recipes stressing on the use of a good quality chocolate. And how do you tell if it’s good quality chocolate? Just by the snap sound it makes when you break it…simple isn’t it! But I don’t see myself or anyone else for that matter walking into the aisle opening the wrapper and breaking the chocolate bars to hear the snapping sound. Luckily there’s another way to tell and that is the percentage of cocoa that it states on the wrapper and higher the cocoa percentages better the quality of the chocolate.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate Covered Strawberries


So anyway, a chocolate covered strawberry sounds easy and is really easy as long as you have the right chocolate bar. And since love is still in the air (a week after valentines) and mostly because I was in a mood for a treat, with berries in the fridge and a bar of chocolate at sight I thought chocolate covered strawberries would be an amazing idea.

It’s really about dipping the strawberries in melted chocolate and more or less the quantities don’t matter but the ingredients  will make sure you don’t waste any chocolate and a recipe that shows three simple steps.

Ingredients:

Strawberries -12
Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate- 70 g
White chocolate to drizzle (optional) - 6 to 7 pieces

Method:

Line a tray with a greased baking sheet or line the tray with a sheet and place a rack over it. Rinse and Dry the strawberries with a kitchen towel.
Strawberries
Strawberries

Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler (heat proof bowl placed on a sauce pan with water over medium heat) and melt the chocolate. (Just melt don’t let it bubble, that will ruin the chocolate)
Melt chocolate in a double boiler
Melt chocolate in a double boiler

Once melted, turn off the heat, place the sauce pan with the bowl on the counter and dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate, I use my hands but you could also use a cocktail stick, remove the excess dripping chocolate on the side of the bowl and place it on the rack or the greased baking sheet. 
Melted Dark Chocolate
Melted Dark Chocolate

Dip strawberry in melted chocolate sauce
Dip strawberry in melted chocolate sauce


Follow the same with rest, matter of seconds.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Let it cool in the fridge for about 15 to 30 minutes.
Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler or in a microwave ( careful without burning it) and place the white chocolate in the zip lock bag and snip one tiny end or use a piping bag  and randomly pipe the white chocolate on the strawberries; Or simply drizzle with a fork. it should set almost instantly if not leave for a few minutes.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries with white chocolate drizzle
Chocolate Covered Strawberries with white chocolate drizzle

Serve it on its own, on the side of a dessert or top it on a cake or cupcake!   Its more than a treat its indulgence…


 
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate Covered Strawberries