Monday, May 10, 2010

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

I can say without prejudice that the Hill Country is a good place for celebration.  And every day is a good day to celebrate the people we love.

<--Mom making the crust for the Spring Onion Goat Cheese Quiche.  Yes, it was as good as it sounds.

Which is what we did when my parents came for Mother's Day.  Stories, flowers, and food. 

Including luscious chocolate dipped strawberries.  Mom couldn't fit all the leftover berries in her cooler to take home  so I have about a pound left in the fridge.  Darn.

Before you ask, here are the secrets:  Use quality berries and chocolate, dip fast, laugh a lot.  Don't lick your fingers until you've dipped the last one.

Chocolate-dipped Strawberries 
  Makes ~ 2 pounds berries

Line 2 large sheet pans with parchment or waxed paper.

Wash and dry 2 pounds beautiful strawberries.

Break up 2 bars (3.5oz each) dark chocolate into a glass bowl. (I used Lindt Excellence 70% Cacao.) Cut up & add ~ 1 1/2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons cream.  Add a small pinch cinnamon.

Cover and microwave for 15-30 second intervals, stirring between until only a few small lumps remain.  Take out and stir in 1/2 tsp. good vanilla. Quick-stir smooth.

As fast as you can, dip and twirl the berries, holding by the leaves.  Place dipped berries a little apart on the pans.  Refrigerate dipped berries until needed, at least an hour. 

Some people eat all the 'mistakes' as they go. I must be blind, all chocolate dipped berries look good to me.

A last note, some people find that dipping speed increases if you drink champagne cocktails. Sweet drinks, which won't conflict with the flavor from berries that accidentally find your mouth instead of the pan. 

Copyright 2009-2010 Kathleen Scott ,for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

9 comments:

  1. Reading this post and seeing the photo of the strawberries made my mouth water, Kathleen. Will definitely have to try making those! The Lindt choc you recommended is one of my favorites! I often just take a bite of dark chocolate and strawberry at the same time. Similar effect, I imagine. Yum! And your parents look great!

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  2. When Mr. Moon was first courting me, he made me chocolate dipped strawberries and shrimp scampi.
    That may have been one of the last things he ever cooked for me. But you know what? They were so good I don't mind. Oh- he's made me a few incredible cakes, too.
    I need to make these strawberries quick, quick before they are all gone. and your mama and daddy are just precious!

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  3. Oh, what a lovely way to spend Mother's Day. Chocolate covered strawberries are just my favorite!

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  4. This was such a happy happy post.
    I love your parent love, Kathleen. They are beautiful.

    aren't chocolate covered strawberries almost unbelievable in their simplicity ? I like to wow people who assume it's a complicated process. Well, unless they've read blogs where the recipe is shared:)

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  5. What sweet parents! And thanks for the strawberry tip. For sure, champagne helps the process along. Dying to know your quiche recipe, too.

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  6. Why I fail at chocolate-dipped strawberries. . .

    1. I eat all the strawberries
    2. I eat all the chocolate
    3. Champagne doesn't help!

    I need someone to make this delectable dish for me. THIS is what I got married for, neh?

    Thanks for the recipe, I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your parents!

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  7. What a good Mom you have, mine was a great cook too, I miss her so much, for many reasons, especially around those special days that we used to celebrate together ... your Dad looks very happy, obviously enjoying the day spent with you.
    I hope you and your Mom had a lovely day. xoxoxo ♡

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  8. Wow - you and your Mom sure do share that sweet smile...is it due to the wonderful meals you both prepare?

    I'll second the request for the quiche recipe and affirm the wisdom of including champagne with berries though we are fans of the Spanish Cavas around here. Bubblies and berries are great partners.

    Kind of like you and your Mom in the kitchen I guess....

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