Sunday, February 13, 2011

"When in doubt, go for chocolate"

I saw Christine Gambito a.k.a. the Happyslip girl demonstrate this recipe in a video and was instantly taken by this simple, easy, pretty treat. Christine makes a good point - who doesn't love the juicy, sweet lusciousness of chocolate-dipped strawberries? And yet how many of us have actually tried to make some? They make a great gift or dessert, on Valentine's Day or any day. I'll be taking these to the office tomorrow and will definitely be making them for any potlucks that come up this spring.

Watch Christine make them here (the actual procedure starts at 2:05) or read on for the recipe.

Adapted from Christine Gambito, "Emergency Chocolate"

6 ounces (170 grams) semi-sweet or dark chocolate wafers
3 ounces (84 grams) white chocolate
1 pound (about half a kilo) ripe strawberries

Wash the strawberries and pat them dry with a paper towel. Keep the leaves on, as they will be useful for gripping while dipping.

Lay a sheet of wax paper on the kitchen counter.

Melt the dark chocolate in a baine-marie (heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water). Make sure that no water splashes into the chocolate. Alternatively, you can microwave the chocolate thirty seconds at a time until melted.

Stir the melted chocolate until smooth. Then start dipping the strawberries. Lay each dipped strawberry on the wax paper. Allow the chocolate to cool and harden.

Melt the white chocolate using the same method for the dark chocolate. Dip a fork into the melted white chocolate and drizzle over the strawberries.

Allow to cool. Store in a covered container in the fridge until ready to serve.


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