I’m excited to share a fun little treat (perfect for Mother’s Day this weekend!) to help you enjoy the strawberry season while it’s here. Homemade chocolate covered strawberries may seem like a simple task, but it’s actually not as easy as you’d think to get them looking smooth and professional. I failed at it myself many times until I decided on a system that works, and today I’m going to share what I’ve learned.
I’m a busy mom, just like anyone else, so I am a big fan of skipping steps (that I deem to be unnecessary!) when cooking. I’ve tried many times to skip the double boiler in this recipe, and I am here to tell you it just does not work. If you need melted chocolate to mix into another recipe, it’s fine without a double boiler. However, if you need the finished chocolate to look pretty…there are no shortcuts!
According to the Joy of Cooking, tempering is “simply a matter of heating and cooling melted chocolate to predetermined temperatures so that the finished chocolate will have a glossy surface and a smooth texture when it dries.” The only way to do this properly is with a double boiler (as I mentioned above). Also, I love the trick to set aside some chocolate that you can add in at the very end to speed up the cooling. You can use a thermometer to be super accurate about the temperatures—melt to 110/120° then cool to 88/90°—but, I did not find that level of detail to be necessary to get it right.
I picked the strawberries that I used from a fabulous little organic strawberry farm that I love here in South Charlotte, Wise Acres. Not only are the owners the nicest people, but they grow the #1 item on the dirty dozen list at their certified USDA organic farm for us! Every year I get so excited when they announce they’re open for business, and I also love how they keep us so well updated (on good vs. not good picking days) on their social media channels. I always check it before I drive out there. This year, they are dealing with an unfortunate root rot on their plants from the grower, so definitely check in before you head out to pick your strawberries!
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Lisa is a wife, mother, foodie, blogger, and New York Times Best-selling author who is on a mission to cut out processed food.
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