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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Strawberry Delights

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In need of a quick and easy dessert? Well there is nothing easier than chocolate dipped strawberries with a twist. 

Normally, chocolate is accompanied with strawberries by a fondue or fountain, but after getting some creative insight from lush berries (http://www.lushberries.com.au/) I decided to make my own little twist on the wonderful fruit that is in season.

Ingredients:
1kg strawberries (equated to about 45 strawberries)
Crushed peanuts
Mini marshmallows
Shredded coconut
1 bag of nestle dark chocolate melts (375g)

Method:
1. Wash strawberries and leave to dry. (You can dry them using a paper towel or tea towel if you are short for time)
2. Melt the chocolate in a saucepan, and constantly stirring. (I used the double boiler technique where you fill the saucepan with a little of bit of water and place a bowl (or a double boiler) over the saucepan. Ensuring the the bowl doesn't touch the water or the chocolate will burn.)
3. Leave chocolate to slightly cool.
4. Place crushed peanuts, mini marshmallows and shredded coconut into 3 separate bowls.
5. Line a spare tray with greaseproof paper to prevent the chocolate from sticking.
6. Holding the strawberry by the steam/leaves and dip in chocolate by rotating. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off and dip into any of the stations. (If strawberry has no stem, or leaves start to fall off, poke a toothpick into where the stem is supposed to be for easier dipping technique).
7. Place on to tray. 

NOTE: Depending on the weather, and time, storage changes. I made these right before I went to a friends birthday, so the weather was relatively cold and so the  strawberries were setting on the tray whilst I was making them. However, if you are making it on a relatively hot day you will need to work fast and refrigerate immediately. And if you are making them a few hours before the event, put in the refrigerator.


The Set-Up

The final products

It very easy to tweak this concept. Some ideas are:
Various crushed nuts (macadamia, pistachio, hazelnut)
100s and 1000s
Milk or white chocolate chips
White or milk chocolate melts
Crushed biscuits (oreos, arrowroot)

Good food, good times!

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