Sunday, February 13, 2011
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
These are heaven. Actually they were heaven, they're all gone. But now I know why folks go to cooking school; to make food look as good as it tastes. I am sure there are tricks to making food picture perfect. But, no matter, these chocolate covered strawberries were a really big hit at our party last night so at least I know they tasted good to someone else besides me. So you have that for a recommendation.
I was going to post the chocolate covered strawberries tomorrow for Valentines day, but I figured if I posted today you might have time to get the ingredients and make them for someone special. Heck just make them for yourself, you deserve it. If you like chocolate you won't be disappointed. Strawberries, semi sweet chocolate chips, and white chocolate is all you need. Glad I used semi sweet, they were sweet enough.
I took the stems and leaves off as they weren't in very good condition. All the frosty weather we've had here made the leaves shrivel up. I melted semi sweet chocolate morsels in a glass bowl set in a pan of water on low heat. I did the same for white chocolate. When the semi sweet chocolate was melted I stirred it up well. Below is a photo before the guests arrived. You can see the reflection of my pottery shelves in the window of the lanai, strange. I'll post more in focus photos tomorrow.
I took a wooden skewer inserted it in the end of the strawberry and dipped it in the chocolate on an angle to coat the strawberry turning it fast. I set it on parchment paper to firm up. Keeping the chocolate warm helps. After the chocolate firmed up I drizzled the white chocolate over the top with a fork. Refrigerate them to firm the chocolate then transfer them to a decorative plate. In this case I used a paper doily on a plate to display them. Everyone raved about them last night. Even if the strawberries aren't perfectly ripe, dipping them in warm chocolate does something to their taste. OMG, they are so good. Enjoy!