If there’s one thing that guarantees happiness, it’s strawberries!
In Australia, we’re in the middle of strawberry season — so for a celebration this week, I made Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for dessert.
They were perfect.
Want to hear all my tricks and tips?
5 tips for perfect strawberries:
Wash and dry the strawberries well. Make sure they’re completely dry, right up to the leaves (which you gently pull upward). Chocolate won’t stick to damp berries.
Don’t cheat and use your microwave! Heat the chocolate in a double boiler. Just bring an inch of water to simmer in a pot, and place a bowl (plastic or glass) on top. Make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
Add oil. Break up one block of baking chocolate (or chocolate chips). Add to the bowl. Then add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil — this is what gives the beautiful sheen. Stir until melted.
WAIT. Don’t dip too early. Let the chocolate cool and thicken a little before you start dipping. This may take 10-15 minutes. Line a tray with baking paper for the dipped strawberries. If the chocolate is cool, it won’t pool as much at the base of the berry.
Cool at room temperature, then pop in the fridge. Leave the dipped berries to cool for at least 5 minutes on the benchtop. Then put them in the fridge to harden. The chocolate won’t crack off the berry when you take a bite.
So easy and so delicious.
I hope you enjoy your weekend — and if you’re in Australia, I hope strawberries are on the menu!
Love Catherine x