This week is all about sweets. I know it’s very unusual for Just One Cookbook to feature sweets recipe since I rarely make desserts at home. Today I’m sharing Chocolate Covered Strawberries with white chocolate!
You might already know but white chocolate is not real chocolate. It consists of cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids, and salt, and there is no cocoa solids. Unlike regular chocolate, melting white chocolate can be a nightmare if you don’t know some important facts first. I did a little bit of researching on this topic, so let’s go over some important points about white chocolate.
- Use a high quality white chocolate with no vegetable fat.
- Microwave the white chocolate on 50% microwave power (medium power).
- Melt at most 8 oz chocolate at once.
- Make sure all of your utensils are completely dry. Only one drop of water will ruin the whole process!
- If you want to melt white chocolate chips, remember they will seize up very quickly. You will need to shorten cooking time. You might want to add a few drops of natural tasting oil or mineral oil (the one you use for taking care of your wood cutting board). And lastly you need to stir really well after every interval as it won’t look like it has melted.
This is really easy dessert that you can prepare in 15-20 minutes. Chocolate covered strawberries are quite expensive to buy in stores, but you can make it easily at home and have fun with your children. And they are really pretty to look at if you are hosting a party or having guests over. Hope you enjoy this dessert with the loved ones!
Here with milk chocolate made by my 3 and 5 year old children. (They wanted theirs to be on the blog as well!)
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- 10-12 large strawberries
- 1 high quality white chocolate bar (around 4 oz)
- A few drops of Mineral Oil (if you use white chocolate chips)
- ½ high quality dark chocolate bar (around 2 oz)
- My microwave is 1200W.
- Adjust the power on your microwave to so it's no more than 600W.
- Every microwave is different so you are required to adjust the time and temperature based on your microwave.
- Line a sheet pan or plate with parchment paper (so that you can store in the fridge easily).
- Wash the strawberries well, especially the leaf area, and dry them completely with paper towel.
- Cut the chocolate into smaller pieces and put it in a microwave-safe medium glass bowl.
- First, microwave 30 seconds. Make sure to adjust the power to 50%/medium. If you don’t know how to change the power, do 15 seconds intervals. When microwave beeps, take it out and stir with a spoon. Remember, your chocolate will NOT look melted until you stir it.
- From the second time, microwave (50% power) for 15 seconds till the chocolate melts. Make sure to stir very well after each interval because even though it “looks” the chocolate hasn’t melted, when you stir it is very soft and the chocolate can be very soft already. Also, if you use chocolate chips, microwave in even shorter intervals because it's easily burnt.
- As the chocolate softens, microwave in shorter intervals like 5-8 seconds. When the chocolate is almost completely melted, no more microwave. Just stir it vigorously so the remaining heat will melt the chocolate.
- After the chocolate has completely melted, hold the bowl in one hand and grab the stem of strawberry gently with the other hand and dip in the chocolate mixture.
- Hold for a few seconds to let the excess drip off.
- Place on the parchment paper and push the strawberry slightly forward so the excess chocolate won’t be collected in front of the strawberry (won't look good). Keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
- If you want to decorate your chocolate covered strawberries as shown in the pictures, put half of the dark chocolate bars into microwavable Ziploc bag (large one). Break into smaller pieces and microwave 15 seconds intervals. Smush the bag to make sure all the chocolate chunks are melted.
- With a scissor, make a small hole to pipe on the strawberry, making a zigzag pattern.
- The chocolate covered strawberries should be eaten within 12-24 hours and must be kept in the fridge all times. Serve chilled.