Thanks to those who are stepping forward with recipes. I'm always looking for more!
Today there's a double treat at What's Cooking Wednesday. My guest for today is Janet Rudolph, who's sharing a recipe for chocolate-dipped strawberries. In addition, I was a guest at her blog with my recipe for Apricot Brandy Balls. Be sure to check that one out, too.
I’m a chocoholic, and to fulfill my addiction, every day I post a recipe, review or news about chocolate. I’m all about easy and delicious. One of my favorite recipes is for Chocolate Covered Strawberries. They’re simple to make, and they always look fabulous. You can stuff them or drizzle them, but fresh strawberries dunked in good quality chocolate is the key.
CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES TO DIE FOR!
1 quart fresh large fresh strawberries, with tops
1 cup Dark Chocolate 60-65% cacao, broken or chopped
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate 72-85% cacao, broken or chopped
3 Tbsp. heavy cream
White chocolate, melted for Drizzle
Rinse strawberries and dry thoroughly, keeping tops on. In top of double boiler or a stainless steel bowl atop a pot of simmering water, combine chocolate and heavy cream. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
Dip strawberries 1/2-3/4 way up in chocolate mixture and place on wax paper or parchment lined cookie sheet to allow chocolate to harden.
When hardened, drizzle with melted white chocolate.
Wash strawberries and pat dry with paper towels; set aside. Make sure the strawberries are completely dry. A drop of water in melted chocolate can cause it to "seize" and turn the entire mixture into a mess. How to smooth out the chocolate: I just saw a chef add a tiny bit of honey and stirred. It worked!
How to dip:
Grasp stem of strawberry and dip into chocolate, swirling to partially cover with chocolate. Give the strawberry a small shake as you pull it out of the chocolate. When strawberry is completely out of chocolate, swirl it in quick, clockwise motion to let excess chocolate drip off. Place on cookie sheet lined with waxed paper or parchment. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries.
Want to get a bit fancier? Here are links to Chocolate Covered Stuffed Strawberries.
Chocolate Covered Stuffed Strawberries
Strawberries Stuffed with Chocolate Cream
Janet Rudolph is the editor of the Mystery Readers Journal, and creative director/writer at Murder on the Menu and TeamBuilding Unlimited. She blogs daily at Mystery Fanfare and DyingforChocolate.com, facilitates a weekly mystery bookgroup, hosts literary salons with mystery authors, and has been a committee member on numerous mystery conventions. A long time contributor to the mystery genre, she received her Ph.D. in religious mystery fiction. She lives in the Berkeley/Oakland (CA) hills with her husband, a golden retriever, a Siamese cat and a Ragdoll cat. She is also a judge at Chocolate Salons. Someone has to do it! Her websites are: www.mysteryreaders.org, www.murderonthemenu.com, www.teambuilding-unlimited.com and Blogs: Mystery Fanfare www.mysteryfanfare.com and DyingforChocolate www.dyingforchocolate.com
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