February is the month of lovers, but it is also a month of friendship, and the month in which we can celebrate not just romantic love, but the love of our family, the love to the life and the love to ourselves .
Valentine’s Day began to be celebrated, contrary to what many think, back in the year 1842 with the sale of the first postcards known as valentines, but its origins date back to the Roman Empire. And to celebrate it, nothing like a delicate, fresh, and elegant dessert, as are these chocolate covered strawberries, a romantic recipe you can make at home without much effort.
Prepare these chocolate covered strawberries is very simple, but has a few tricks you’ll want to know before starting the task. The first is to be sure to dry thoroughly after washing the strawberries, as if they have some water drops, they will prevent the chocolate coating is formed.
The second trick has to do with tempered chocolate. We must do a double boiler, making sure the bottom of the container containing the chocolate does not come into contact with water, since we would risk burning the chocolate.
On the other hand, I added a tablespoon of olive oil to chocolate to polish, but you can also use any other vegetable oil. Just do avoid using margarine, since it contains water and water harden the chocolate when melting. For this reason, we must also seek to use a silicone spoon or paddle, since the wood stores moisture inside.
- 12 large strawberries
- 90 grams of dark chocolate
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 100 grams of almonds, walnuts, pistachios or sprinkles
- Wooden toothpicks
- Wash, disinfect and dry well each of the strawberries.
- Side of the stem, insert a toothpick into each strawberry.
- Cut into chunks and melt in a double boiler.
- Once chocolate is melted, dip the strawberries to coat and let stand 2 minutes on a cooling rack or baking sheet lined with wax paper. Then roll them in chopped nuts and put again in cooling rack.
- Finally, put the chocolate covered strawberries into freezer for 15 minutes until chocolate hardens.
One last trick for chocolate, just in case. If get wet when melt and end in a paste instead of melted chocolate, we can fix it by adding a tablespoon of vegetable oil and gently moving, also in a double boiler until it is as we wish. Obviously, we must eliminate the factor that allowed you to enter humidity into chocolate.
Incidentally, in this last picture of my chocolate covered strawberries has slipped this kitten, a beautiful detail that a friend gave me several years ago, and am still grateful for it.
Bon Appetit and Happy Valentine’s day!
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