Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Recipe: Chocolate-dipped strawberries

On Friday I held a one-week-old baby called Dot. She did an excellent job of making me completely broody. Those twinkly dark eyes! That lovely mop of black hair! Oh, newborn babies are really something special. Made my boys seem like GIANTS.

I wanted to make something for my friend to eat, and tried to think my way back to those early days and what my tastebuds would've wanted. I settled on chocolate-dipped strawberries - fresh, healthy, and thirst-quenching, but a little bit special too.

800g strawberries
300g chocolate (I used half dark and half milk - I like the semi-sweetness of this blend)

Method (clockwise from top left):
1. Wash
2. Dry
3. Melt
4. Dip

I am being facetious but it really isn't very complicated. It's important to dry the strawberries thoroughly as water left under the chocolate layer will make the strawberries go a bit runny. The melting stage is over a double boiler or a bowl over (but not touching) a pan of boiling water. It's very easy - just dip the strawberry into the chocolate mixture and twizzle around a bit until it no longer drips. Then place on a tray covered with parchment or baking paper. You could put them in the fridge for an hour or so to cool, but no longer than that or little beads of moisture form on the chocolate. Any leftover chocolate could be poured into a chocolate or ice cube mould.

These really are the perfect summer treat.
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