Hearts and chocolate = Valentine’s Day!! Are you ready? It’s not easy to find the perfect card that expresses exactly how you feel about a loved one, or what gift to get them. How about whipping up some sweet yummies in your kitchen? For me, two chocolate recipes come to mind, chocolate truffles and chocolate covered strawberries. Word of warning, Who Wants Candy? by Jane Sharrock is loaded with yummy candies. Your waistline may not like you after you start making some of the recipes.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
8 – 10 fresh medium strawberries
1 ounce semisweet chocolate baking square
1 tablespoon evaporated milk
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Leaving the green stems intact, wash, drain, and completely dry the strawberries by patting with a paper towel. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
2. In a top pan of a double boiler over hot but not boiling water, melt the chocolate, milk and vanilla extract together, stirring until smooth.
3. Insert a toothpick into the stem end of the strawberry and dip the lower two-thirds of the berries into the chocolate. Drop the berries onto the lined baking sheet. Let stand till the chocolate is firm.
4. Serve immediately or lightly cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, storing no more that 4 – 8 hours. The berries can be refrigerated for up to 2 days but may lose their eye appeal when stored more than a few hours.
Tip: To keep the berries from having a flat side, turn a plastic colander upside down and place the toothpicks holding the dipped berries into the holes of the colander. Place the colander filled with berries into the refrigerator until ready to serve.
The Chocolate Truffle recipe is also included in this book on page 171. Check it out!