What’s better than a luscious red strawberry on a summer day? How about if you take that luscious strawberry and dip it in rich, dark premium chocolate? Doesn’t that sound like a delicious idea? As a Lindt Master Chocolatier (and lover of all things chocolate), I believe that chocolate-dipped strawberries are the perfect summer dessert. Of course you can buy them in shops, but making them yourself isn’t that difficult and offers a more fresh taste. All you need are strawberries, chocolate and some basic kitchen tools.
Look for ripe berries that aren’t too large. The thought of a giant chocolate strawberry might sound like the ultimate treat, but it will be difficult to eat. If medium sized berries aren’t available, I would opt for a tray of petite berries rather than enormous berries! If you can find strawberries with stems they are easier to hold when dipping and eating. Stems, however, aren’t a crucial element. As long as the berries are ripe and firm you’ll be good to go!
This recipe uses bittersweet dark chocolate to dip and white chocolate as the garnish, but you can use any combination of chocolate you’d like to create your signature chocolate-dipped strawberries.
- 3 bars of Lindt Classic Recipe Dark Chocolate
- 12-14 medium sized strawberries
- ½ bar Lindt Classic Recipe White Chocolate
- Wash the strawberries and pat them dry. Make sure to remove all of the water from the strawberries so the chocolate will stick when you dip them (and to prevent excess water from dripping into your chocolate which will cause it to seize and clump). Let the strawberries sit in your kitchen after you wash them. It’s better if they’re closer to room temperature rather than too cold.
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or wax paper. A silicone baking mat will work too. Chop the bittersweet chocolate and place it in a heatproof bowl. Fill a sauce pan with an inch or two of water and heat it to the simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and place the chocolate on top. Stir and remove when the chocolate is about 2/3 melted. Continue stirring until the chocolate is completely melted.
- Now were ready to work. Hold the strawberries by the stems or tops. If you hold the leaves, they can come off! It doesn’t look as pretty for the final presentation, especially when the berry stays behind in the melted chocolate! Dip the strawberry into the chocolate and gently shake off the excess chocolate. Place the strawberry on the prepared pan. Repeat with the remaining strawberries.
- Melt the white chocolate using the same method as the dark and drizzle over the dipped berries using a piping bag with a small tip. You can also use a zip lock bag and snip off a small corner. This will give the strawberry a very elegant, professional look.
- Put the tray of dipped strawberries in a cool place out of the sunlight to dry/set up. You can also put them in the fridge, but take them out before serving and gently blot off any condensation that may have formed with a paper towel. Chocolate-dipped strawberries have a very short life span! Dip them as close to serving time as possible for optimal enjoyment!
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