This is perfect as part of an elaborate and romantic meal as a dessert or just as a surprise on its own. I did the former for Valentines day this year and my girlfriend loved it. She was really surprised with the effort I put in and especially the swirling chocolate effect. Believe me – It is not as difficult as it looks and I’ll show you how you can impress your partner with the recipe and some tips…
Belgian Milk Chocolate
Belgian White Chocolate
Prep time: 15 minutes
Wash the strawberries and remove the leaf, but dont remove the actual stalk – That is important!
Pat the strawberries dry with kitchen paper and leave them for a few minutes
Chop the chocolate and then warm them separately until they’re completely melted. I used a microwave for this, but it would be better to do it in two pans on the hob. Low heat and stir.
Warning – If you do it in the microwave, ensure you keep taking it out regularly and give it a stir. You can see what happens if you don’t do this!
So now you have two bowls; 1 of melted milk chocolate, 1 of melted white chocolate and the strawberries should be dry. At this point take a strawberry by the stalk, dip it in the melted chocolate. You can use a tea spoon to ensure the coating covers the entire strawberry. I personally liked to show a bit of the strawberry at the top.
Tip! – Twist the stawberry as you pull it out of the to ensure you get the excess chocolate to drip away. If the stawberry was not completely dry then the chocolate won’t stick well!
After you have coated a strawberry with one chocolate, lay it down on baking paper; preferably in a cooler place. Repeat this with the rest of the strawberries, I coated some with the milk chocolate and some with the white chocolate at this point. This should dry in literally 5 minutes depending on room temperature
Ensure the chocolate in both bowls are still melted, if the consistency isn’t so fluid, then warm it back up. Then take a strawberry and use a teaspoon to apply melted chocolate by dripping it on the strawberry. After, place it on a new sheet of baking paper. To get the swirly effect, simply twist the strawberry while you apply the chocolate – It’s all in the wrist 😉
Edit – I was thinking of using chocolate buttons, or drops to decorate. I’m sure you can use other toppings for other effects, such as hundreds and thousands or little stars! Be creative 🙂
After repeating previous step with the rest of the strawberries and leaving to rest on the baking paper, it’s ready to be served with some whipped cream! If you are doing this in advance, it’s completely fine to leave in the fridge as it is.
Enjoy! I’m sure your significant other will enjoy it and you’ll have as much fun as we did! Let me know how it goes 🙂 Tweet me a pic if you manage to make it.