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easy chocolate treats for your valentine
Yee-Fan Sun | 1 2 3
path to your honey’s heart might be an individual, indefinable
thing, but I’m willing to bet: in more cases than not, a generous
offering of deep,
dark chocolate will at least get you past the front door of their
affections. Me, I’ll readily admit that I’m a total sucker for
the rich flavors of that luscious little cocoa bean. Still, there’s
a tad ho-hum about bestowing your beloved with the requisite
box o’ chocolates come Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking to
put a little bit more of yourself into your chocolate offering,
try one of these recipes instead…
Simple. Elegant. Classic. Best served with a bottle of bubbly, of course.
4 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
8 oz. or so of fresh ripe strawberries, or about a dozen medium strawberries
yields about a
1 Wash the strawberries, then pat completely dry with a paper towel.
melt the chocolate chips by one of the following two methods:
A | Microwave: Nuke for 1-2 minutes, until the chips are shiny
and soft looking. Remove and stir; if there are still some chunks,
microwave for another 30 seconds as necessary.
B | Double boiler: You’ll need a smallish saucepot and either
A) a metal mixing bowl that can sit in the saucepot without falling
in, but still have its bottom dipping into the pot or B) a slightly
smaller saucepot. Fill the first saucepot with about 1” of water, and
bring it to a gentle bubble; lower the heat until the water’s just
steaming. Meanwhile, slide the chocolate chips into the mixing bowl
or pot. When the water is steaming, pop the bowl of chocolate on top
of the water pot; do not let the bottom of the chocolate bowl touch
the water (the idea is to cook over indirect heat). If you’re using
the two-pot method and there’s a gap between the two, wedge a clean
towel along the rim of the water pot to make a snug fit; steam can
make chocolate seize. Stir the chips well, until you have a smooth,
3 Now hold each strawberry by the stem end and swirl the fruit in
the melted chocolate, covering about 3/4 of it. To neaten the coating,
tip the strawberry upside down after you’ve swirled it, so that the
chocolate at the tip gets sort of scooped up. Set the dipped strawberry
on a wax paper-lined baking sheet; when you’ve dipped all the strawberries,
slide the baking sheet into your fridge and chill for at least an hour
or so, until the chocolate has set.
me this way sweetheart...
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