Happy Valentine’s Day! I had hoped to make heart cut-out cookies like Sara did at forever and a recipe, but I ran out of time. I did decide at the last-minute to make chocolate-covered strawberries to go on the side of the dessert planned for tonight. This is a very simple recipe, but I have a couple warnings:
1. If you don’t have a double-boiler and are just holding a pot over another pot of boiling water, don’t freak out if the water bubbles out at you and fling a chocolate strawberry all over yourself and the kitchen.
2. If you have already flung a chocolate strawberry all over yourself and kitchen, don’t answer the door for the dry cleaning delivery man. I did not realize I had spilled chocolate all over my shirt. Everywhere. I must have looked like such a hot mess when I answered the door.
-1 pound strawberries, rinsed and patted dry
-8 oz 70% cacao chocolate bar, chopped into small pieces
-1/2 inch square paraffin
-1 tablespoon butter
-Any other ingredients you want to dip in chocolate (I used bananas and pretzels)
Combine the chocolate, paraffin, and butter in the top portion of a double boiler (or a small sauce pan if you don’t have one). Allow the water in the bottom portion of a double boiler (or a larger sauce pan) to boil. Hold the small pan over the boiling water (don’t let it touch the bottom of the larger pan) and continually stir the chocolate mixture until everything is fully melted.
Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the strawberry into the melted chocolate and roll it around until 85% of it is covered with the chocolate. Place the strawberry on a baking sheet covered with wax paper. Once the strawberries are done, dip any other ingredients you want in the chocolate. Place the baking sheet in the fridge for an hour or until chocolate has set.
I also made some chocolate-covered pretzels and bananas. When I think of chocolate-covered bananas, I always think of the Bluth family banana stand on Arrested Development:
Tonight’s V’day dinner menu is:
-Whole Foods pre-made crab cakes with homemade tartar sauce
-Moroccan-spiced rack of lamb with pomegranate reduction (from the Bon Appetit Fast Fresh Easy cookbook)
-Couscous with pine nuts and mint
-Baked acorn squash with yogurt and mint
–Molten chocolate cake with chocolate-covered strawberries on the side
Do you have any plans for tonight?