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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Because nothing says “I love you” like chocolate and strawberries (apart from maybe Chanel…).

I feel like a bit of a fraud writing a “recipe” on melting chocolate but I had so much fun creating and styling this post that I’m going to share it anyway.

Look at those strawberries! They’re the perfect match for chocolate but they have to be sweet so make sure they’re fresh – too soft or even slightly bruised and they’re just not suitable.

They look just as good when they’re covered in chocolate too, some (read: me) may even say they look better.

Makes: 1lb of chocolate covered strawberries
Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes
“Cooking time”: less than 10 minutes plus 30 minutes cooling time

Utensils
Kebab skewers
Medium size pyrex bowl
Small saucepan
Baking tray
Greaseproof paper / baking parchment

Recipe
300g milk chocolate
100g dark chocolate
25g white chocolate
1lb strawberries
10g butter
150ml water

Method


1. Wash and thoroughly dry your strawberries, leave the stalks in and poke kebab skewers through the stalks. Set aside. Cover a baking tray with baking parchment and set aside.

2. Pour the water into the saucepan and set over a low-medium heat, place the bowl on top to create a bain-marie. Break up your milk and dark chocolate and place into the bowl.

3. Leave the water to simmer so that the chocolate slowly melts, this should be done on a low heat to avoid burning the chocolate. Once the chocolate is all but melted, add in your butter and stir to create a slightly looser texture.

4. Submerge your strawberries in the chocolate, swirling them around to ensure even coverage. Once coated, set aside on the baking parchment. Repeat until all strawberries are covered.

5. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave on full power in short ten second bursts. Once melted, use a spoon to add layers of white chocolate lines to the covered strawberries.

6. Pop your strawberries in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes for the chocolate to set.

Preparation is key, you don’t want to leave the melted chocolate long enough for it to begin to solidify again.

Usually I’d reserve any strawberries that were remotely green for another time but this one was completely ripe and perfectly sweet.

Once submerged, make sure you get the entire surface of the strawberry covered. If necessary, hold them upside down to let the chocolate drip down to the leaves.

It’s nice to be precise but your strawberries don’t need to look perfect; the rustic homemade effect is always a winner.

Drizzle as much or as little white chocolate as you would like, you could also add other toppings. Finely chopped hazelnuts and freeze dried raspberries would also be delicious sprinkled over the melted chocolate.

Simple and effective, who could resist such a delicious display?

Champagne is the perfect accompaniment for chocolate covered strawberries. If you had the time and wanted to be super decadent you could soak your strawberries in champagne prior to dipping them.

I’m including my tea light detail to make up for the fact I nearly sustained burns whilst trying to light all of my scattered candles.

Throw in a scattering of rose petals and you have the perfect Valentine’s Day setting. The best thing about something like chocolate covered strawberries, some pretty flowers and candles and a bottle of bubbles is that you look like you’ve gone to a lot of trouble and when you let your beloved enjoy the lions share of the strawberries, they’ll never guess it’s because half a pound of chocolate covered strawberries didn’t actually make it into the fridge…

The strawberries will keep in the fridge for around two to three days but really, who would be able to leave them for that long?

Victoria

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