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My next door neighbour is a fabulous cook.  There are so many evenings, when the most delicious aromas waft over our fence, and we can’t help  wondering what tasty dishes she is preparing for her lovely family.

Dinner at our neighbours is an indulgent affair, where you are treated to plate after plate of beautifully presented gourmet dishes.  And lucky for us….we are going there for cocktails and dinner tonight.

So the conundrum that we face is…..what do we take for desert.  The fruit market is currently full of juicy berries and the strawberries in particular are plump and sweet at this time of year.  Quality strawberries, rich chocolate and the perfect desert is done.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 punnets strawberries

  • 1 packet white chocolate melts

  • 1 large block best quality milk chocolate,(or dark chocolate) broken into small pieces

  • grape seed oil

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

  1. Wash and throughly dry the strawberries.  I wash them a few hours before I use them and lay them on a paper towel to dry.

  2. Gently place a tooth pick into the leafy end of each strawberry

  3. Place the white and milk chocolate in separate glass bowls and add a teaspoon or 2 of grape seed oil to each bowl.  Mix to coat the chocolate

  4. Now it’s time to melt the chocolate.   Place bowls of chocolate in the microwave, on medium for several 20 or 30 second intervals.  Stir the chocolate between each 30 second burst until it is completely melted and has a smooth consistency.  It is important not to let any water or moisture mix with the chocolate pieces during this melting process.

  5. Spoon the melted white chocolate into a small zip lock bag and cut a very small hole in one corner. This becomes a piping bag and can be used to decorate the strawberries.

  6. Holding each strawberry by the toothpick and leaves, gently dip into the milk chocolate and carefully turn around to cover the whole berry.  About three quarters of the way up the strawberry is perfect so you can see at the flesh poking out of the chocolate.

  7. Then decorate the coated strawberry with the white chocolate piping, before placing the toothpick into a piece of styrofoam or cardboard. The choc coat  hardens while the berry is upside down.

  8. Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 30 minutes.

coated strawberries suspended on toothpicks to harden

Decoration ideas are endless.  Horizontal stripes can be turned into scollop designs by dragging a toothpick from top to bottom of the strawberry, vertically over the choc lines.

 

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