Hello my foodie darlings! Contrary to what my long and unexplained disappearance might suggest, yes, I am still alive…but it feels like I have been snowed in under an avalanche of work for the past few weeks, and I’m only just starting to emerge for air. And as I’m sure you all know, too much work means stress, and stress means comfort eating (at least for me. I envy people like my mom who lose their appetites under stress)… so let’s just say my sweet tooth is out to play.
Today I have been craving chocolate-dipped strawberries. There’s something magical about this dessert, because it satisfies my craving for something sweet and indulgent, but at the same time is not terribly sinful (as in, it could be worse as far as desserts come- eg. glazed sugar donuts), so having a few will not result in egregious calorie intake. Here’s a quick how-to from Food Network Kitchens, but the best part about chocolate-dipped strawberries is that they don’t really require a recipe, and they take next to no time to make. It may just be the perfect sinful-but-not-so-sinful busy-person dessert.
You will need:
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate (or any other variety of your choice, such a milk, dark, bittersweet or white) – for dipping
- 3 ounces of white chocolate, chopped – for drizzling (again, feel free to switch up the varieties as long as the drizzling chocolate is different from the dipping chocolate)
- 1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried
Melt dipping chocolate and drizzling chocolate in separate heat-proof bowls by placing each bowl over a pot of boiling water (never melt chocolate in a pot placed directly over the heat source because it will char). As the chocolate melts, stir until smooth. Alternatively, melt the chocolate in a microwave for about 1-2 minutes.
Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip into the first chocolate (semisweet in this case), lift and wait until any excess chocolate drips back into the bowl before setting the strawberry down on wax paper. Once all starwberries are dipped, dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle over the dipped strawberries. Set aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.
In good health,
* Image and recipe courtesy of Food Network