Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Belated Valentine's!

I had another wonderful Valentine's Day and I hope you all did too! My hubby worked overtime until afternoon, which actually worked out. We had spent a lot of time putting on a Valentine's activity for our church on Friday, so I needed a little bit of time to get some special things ready for our Valentine's date. My love came home with a huge bouquet of pink! The bouquet had pink roses and pink peruvian lilies (with a touch of buttercream in the centers) and a cute sparkly heart.

One of my favorite things that I made this year was chocolate dipped strawberries. Isn't it great to have yummy strawberries in February? They were so tasty! For those that don't know how to make them, I'll try to explain.

~First, wash all your strawberries and let them dry on some paper towels. You don't want any moisture on the outside or the chocolate will not stick right and you may end up with some light colored spots. Prepare a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or a silicone mat.

~Next, temper your chocolate with whatever method works best for you. Some like melting chocolate in the microwave, over a double broiler or in the oven (using the oven light). My gramma taught me to put the chocolate overnight in the oven with the light on. It is my favorite method. My mom recently tried an electric chocolate melter and really liked the results. She said that is always kept the chocolate at the right temperate.

~Now if you kept the green tops on the strawberries, they will serve as a good handle for dipping. You will only dip about 3/4 of the way down and lightly shake the excess chocolate off. Then place it on the cookie sheet. If you want to dip the whole strawberry, then you can cut the green off (leaving as much of the berry as possible) and use a skewer to help with dipping. Dip the strawberry completely in chocolate and shake the excess off. Set on cookie sheet and gently remove skewer. It helps if you use another skewer to hold the berry still (the chocolate will cover an mark made).

~If you would like to add a chocolate drizzle, then prepare a small amount of chocolate while the dipped berries set. Place chocolate into a ziploc bag (towards one of the sealed corners). Snip a small part off the corner. Of course, you could always use a pastry bag and tip. Once the chocolate on the strawberries has set, then you can drizzle chocolate on top. I started at the top of the berry and did a zig zag pattern all the way down. Then you just have to wait until those babies set up (the drizzle won't take too long). If you really want to, then you can let them set in the fridge. I wouldn't keep them in there too long, because moisture will accumulate on the chocolate and could ruin it. After they are set, then you can put them into a sealed container in the fridge and they should be okay.

Finally, here is the sweet little note I got in my bouquet:

1 comment:

Jamie said...

Jess- the strawberries look so yummy!