Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Posted by fourclankitchen on May 16, 2011
My son made these for me for Mother’s day. We rooted around the blogosphere for a bit, not believing that they were really as simple as everyone made them sound. But indeed they were. It doesn’t get better than this in terms of bang for the buck or a taste:effort ratio. Hopefully, he will impress a girl with them some Valentine’s day and she won’t know any better. So here goes:
20 large strawberries, washed and thoroughly dried (this is key)
16 oz (2 bars) of good bittersweet dark chocolate (use the best chocolate you can afford or find)
2 tbs. of butter (optional)
You will also need a baking sheet lined with parchment and room in the fridge to stick this sheet in for a few hours.
1. Wash and dry the strawberries as well as you can. (If they are at all wet, the chocolate will not stick to them). Place on a paper towel while you finish the remaining time-consuming prep.
2. Break your chocolate into pieces in a medium size microwave proof bowl. Add two tbs. of butter to the chocolate. We did this because some recipes suggested it and I thought that it would buy us a little more time before the chocolate hardened. If you work fast enough, you probably dont need the butter.
3. Now microwave the chocolate in 30 sec increments, examining the chocolate after each zap. It should melt fairly quickly (ours took 1 1/2 minutes). The chocolate retains its sheen with this method and the issues of tempering chocolate correctly and washing extra dishes do not rear their ugly little heads.
4. Mix your chocolate thoroughly so that it has an even consistency.
5. Working quickly, coat each strawberry by rotating it in the chocolate. Then hold the strawberry upside down till the chocolate is a bit firmed up. Then place it, flat side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
6. When all your strawberries are done, place them in the fridge for a couple of hours before eating, so that the chocolate hardens. We saw recipes that used white chocolate or white and dark chocolate. Bet those would be good as well. These don’t last that long, so eat up!