Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sweet Valentine, by BLU Event Design

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you love birds!!!

And nothing says Valentine's Day like chocolate-covered strawberries! Those red, heart-shaped fruits, that melted chocolate, together in one sweet, scrumptious bite. They're undeniable!!

You will need:

Approximately one pound of washed fresh strawberries, stems intact, dried thoroughly.
11-12 ounces of a good quality dark or milk chocolate. Chocolate chips can be used, Ghirardelli is a recommended brand. Try to avoid cheaper melting chocolate.
A double boiler, or a glass or stainless steel bowl over simmering water, or a microwave safe dish.
Wax paper and a baking tray

How to:

Line the baking tray with waxed paper, prepare strawberries.
If the chocolate is in bar form, chop into small uniform pieces.
If using the double boiler method, make sure the bowl is completely dry, and the bowl isn’t actually touching the simmering water. Stir the chocolate pieces until you have achieved a smooth and shiny texture with no chunks.
If using a microwave to melt the chocolate, set the microwave on 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring after every interval. Continue microwaving until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Generally, your chocolate will be sufficiently “tempered” when the bottom of the bowl it’s in no longer feels warm.
Immediately dip the strawberries, one at a time, in the melted chocolate and transfer to the wax paper lined sheet.
Serve as soon as the chocolate has set up a bit. (If you can resist!)
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