How To Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    International chef Amy Riolo demonstrates how to make decadent chocolate covered strawberries.

    Amy Riolo: Chocolate covered strawberries make the perfect edible gift. They are really easy to make and it only takes a few minutes to complete the recipe. In a small pan we are going to start off by heating six ounces of cream over medium heat and just bring it to a simmer. What we are doing in this step is making what we call a ganache. So as soon as our cream is simmering, we are going to go ahead and pour it over 8 ounces of finely chopped dark chocolate. We are going to let this set for a minute and the cream will help the chocolate to melt. So now a minute has passed I am going to go ahead and whisk up our cream and our chocolate together. The chocolate has really melted very nicely; you just do it very gently so that everything mixes together very well. And as you stir it gets more thick, so you want to just make sure you are doing it very lightly and incorporating everything from the size of the bowl and the bottom of the bowl. Next, we are going to add in our two tablespoons of butter, and this helps to make it very creamy and really gives a glossy sheen to our strawberries. So this is the way the ganache should look when you are finished and now we are ready to start dipping our strawberries. And we could just pull back their stems and just bathe the strawberry in all the chocolate, then kind of shake it to get the excess off, and just place it right on a cake rack so that it can cool completely. It will take about an hour to set up at room temperature, and then after that you can store them in the refrigerator. So here we have our chocolate covered strawberries. These are a perfect gift for Valentine's or anytime. Enjoy!