Monday, January 30, 2012

Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Domestic Fits

Paul and I had a busy weekend and are currently working hard to settle into our new home in downtown Kansas City.  I will share more about that with you on Wednesday, including a couple photos of our new place.  I asked my friend Jackie of Domestic Fits to share a recipe with you that I know will be a hit.  I know that this will be a perfect snack for the Super Bowl or valentine’s day, or both!  xo ~C.

I get to do a guest post for Cassie. She’s moving, and to be honest, moving sucks. It’s sort of like a break up.

“It’s not you, house, it’s me.”

Oh, sure, moving is exciting. New people, new places, a new house.

But before you get there, there is so much stinkin’ work to do. More than you ever imagined.

And where the heck did all this stuff come from?! It’s an almost embarrassing amount of stuff crammed into all the dark corners and closets and now its unearthed and you have to deal with it. No longer able to ignore that box from your college dorm that you have no idea why you saved but also can’t bring yourself to just throw out. Dilemmas. So many moments of sitting on the floor, thinking, “Toss? Donate? Pack and move?”

And then you have to move it to a new house and then UNpack all of it. As in, find a place for this stuff that currently doesn’t have a place. More dilemmas. Where do you go, martini glasses? What about you, batteries and Sharpie markers?

You know what isn’t a lot of work? Chocolate covered strawberries. Seriously, so easy. You will amaze and impress your friends with the gorgeousness of these things. And feel free to pretend like you slaved away for hours. Especially if you make them for your Valentine, because, after all, he owes you.

How To: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until melted. Don’t over heat or your chocolate will seize and there is really no coming back from that.

Grab the strawberry by the leaves.

Dip in the chocolate and swirl around carefully until coated.

Hold above the coffee mug for a few seconds to allow the excess to drip off.

Place on a sheet of parchment paper to dry.

Push forward slightly to avoid a pool of dried chocolate forming in the front of your berry.

Allow to dry for about 15 minutes.

If you want to decorate them after you have dipped them, you can melt ½ cup of white chocolate chips in the microwave, being more cautious to avoid overheating, as white chocolate seizes easier.

Put into a piping bag with a small tip and decorate as you please. Allow the white chocolate to cool a bit, if it’s too warm it will be really runny.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
12-14 large strawberries, washed and dried (must be dry)

You will also need:
Coffee mug
Parchment paper

Directions:

In a microwave safe coffee mug add the dark chocolate chips. I’ve found this to be the best vessel for strawberry dipping. If the bowl you use is too wide then the melted chocolate is too shallow, and it’s hard to get the strawberries dipped.

Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until melted. Don’t over heat or your chocolate will seize and there is really no coming back from that.

Grab the strawberry by the leaves. Dip in the chocolate and swirl around carefully until coated.

Hold above the coffee mug for a few seconds to allow the excess to drip off.

Place on a sheet of parchment paper to dry.

Push forward slightly to avoid a pool of dried chocolate forming in the front of your berry.

Allow to dry for about 15 minutes.

If you want to decorate them after you have dipped them, you can melt ½ cup of white chocolate chips in the microwave, being more cautious to avoid overheating, as white chocolate seizes easier.

Put into a piping bag with a small tip and decorate as you please. Allow the white chocolate to cool a bit, if it’s too warm it will be really runny.

You can also sprinkle them with candy sprinkles, coconut or chopped nuts.

 

30 Responses to “Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Domestic Fits”

  1. #
    julia — January 30, 2012 @ 6:15 am

    I love guest posts where I know BOTH of the people :) Jackie, you made this look waaaaay too easy, like, so easy I might have to make them for breakfast. Oh, and moving sucks, aaaaaaagreed! Good luck getting everything together, Cassie.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 30, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    these look lovely! so easy and yet so delicious :) great guest post! i can’t wait to hear all about your move, cassie!

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    Stephanie — January 30, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    I hope the move is going well, Cassie! I love chocolate covered strawberries! These are simple and perfect for V-day!!

  4. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 30, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    These are perfect for so many occasions. Great, simple idea :)

  5. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — January 30, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Yum! These are just classic! So simple but oh so great.

  6. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — January 30, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Good luck getting all settled in! Thanks for asking me to guest post :)

  7. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — January 30, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    I love making Chocolate Covered Strawberries and I haven’t done so in some time. You have inspired to make some for my hubby for Valentines Day! :)

  8. #
    Kathryn — January 30, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    Love the step by step photos! Thanks for a great guest post!

  9. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — January 30, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    Love chocolate covered strawberries, who doesn’t?! These look perfect!
    Hope the move is going well Cassie, I know how much work they are!

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    Ryan — January 30, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    Good luck with the movie Cassie and congrats on the new house! Thanks for sharing this guest post with us! Jackie, these sound delicious– Chocolate Covered Strawberries are one of my favorite treats and these are gorgeous!

  11. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — January 30, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    The little football ones over on her blog are super cute too! That’s my idea of the perfect superbowl food!

  12. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — January 30, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    Jackie….these are just beautiful! How simple and delicious these are! I love rolling them in crumbled amaretti cookies! I love your tip about pushing them forward to avoid that clump of chocolate forming at the tip! Hang in there Cassie….you will be so happy when all is finally settled! Congrats on you new home, and thanks Jackie for a fabulous guest post! : )

  13. #
    Liz — January 30, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    Jackie, PERFECT chocolate covered strawberries…and such a perfect post for the upcoming holiday! And Cassie, hope your move went well and you’re starting to get that kitchen unpacked and organized :)

  14. #
    Shae — January 30, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    I am dying for these now that I have seen these pics. My boyfriend and I agreed these are our Vday dessert :)

  15. #
    Ann — January 30, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! Cassie – best of luck with the move! and It’s very nice to see you here, Jackie! I JUST discovered your blog about a week ago – so I’m a fan!

  16. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — January 30, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    good luck with the move, cassie! chocolate covered strawberries are the best and these look so good :)

  17. #
    Baking Serendipity — January 30, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    “It’s not you, house, it’s me.” I loved this! And I’m fairly certain that chocolate covered strawberries are perfect for any occasion :) Hope the move is going well, Cassie! I’ve loved your update pictures on Twitter of the new place and its city views :)

  18. #
    Christy — January 30, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

    Big strawberry fan here! I am a big fan of enjoying the lovely strawberries on its own, despite being recommended to dip with sugar, chocolate fudge, cream, honey, etc!:P Yours looked sinful…hehe, but it seemed all ready for the upcoming Valentine’s, and definitely simple to make:)
    I totally get it about the moving house; packing, and unpacking!:p *shudders at that thought*

  19. #
    Deborah — January 30, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    I just moved 2 weeks ago, and my husband said he’s hiring a moving company next time. I won’t complain!! I love chocolate covered strawberries – I’d love one of these beauties right now!

  20. #
    Joyti — January 31, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    OO, how romantic…and sweet. And gorgeous.

  21. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 31, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    I made these too!!! They were so cute and my husband ate them all within 30 minutes. A win, I guess :)

  22. #
    Jen @ pretty plate — January 31, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    I don’t think these would make it to the plate without being eaten first! They look great!

    : ))
    Jen

  23. #
    Jill | Dulce Dough — January 31, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

    I love chocolate covered strawberries, and this post sure made me hungry for some!

  24. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — January 31, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

    Yum. I want. I’ll take a dozen!!

  25. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 31, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    I want these… and now!! ohhhhmygossshhhh!

  26. #
    Anna — February 1, 2012 @ 12:18 am

    Great post, so simple and always so delicious! Hope you get all settled in, Cassie – love the guest posts, but I miss you!

  27. #
    Katie @ OhShineOn — February 1, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

    chocolate and strawberries make a good day even better. these are perfect for all the warm weather we’ve been experiencing!

  28. #
    Maureen — February 2, 2012 @ 4:01 am

    Nothing better than chocolate and strawberries. At least I thought so until I stuffed them with cheesecake filling. Either way it’s orgasmic. :)

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