Saturday, August 14, 2010

Chocolate! Cakes and Strawberries

Spent the other day with Miss Picky in the kitchen. She was debating what we should bake. We don't usually agree. I was shooting for quick and easy. She wanted long and involved. It would definitely have to be something with chocolate. She found some strawberries, buried way back in the frig, barely surviving, those poor things. But they could be saved and be absolutely delicious dipped in chocolate. We weren't serving them to company, it was our treat! That worked for both of us, she got chocolate, and I got quick and easy, minimal clean up! She threw a wrench into the plans by looking in the pantry and digging out a quick bread mix from Williams-Sonoma that looked like something we had to have last time we were there. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Quick bread. It was the QUICK in the title that got me on that one!  OK, I'm a good sport. Most of the time anyway! and so began our time in the kitchen. Me and Miss Text Everyone while we bake, mix and melt!




  Although we had one vote for bittersweet and one for milk chocolate, milk chocolate won. Strawberries dipped in any kind of chocolate is a winning combination!



 Just add melted butter and eggs. It says QUICK right there. 

Instead of making a loaf we decided to put the mini bundt pans to good use. and a couple mini tart pans, too!  We dusted the pans with cocoa powder instead of flour. 


So with mini bundt's or bundt pans in general, the bottom of the pan is really the top of the cake, right? We followed directions, didn't over fill, not too much anyway and the bottom (or top?) or whatever kind of got rounded instead of flat. The mini tart pan cake definitely wasn't sitting pretty in the plate as you can see! The bundt was not too bad when you turned it over. See all the peanut butter chips? Delicious! Even topsy-turvy!



 
In the end, the bundt's came out nice! A little sprinkle of powdered sugar and all was well with the cakes!



Chocolate Covered Strawberries
 Printable Recipe
 
16 ounces milk or bittersweet chocolate chips (white chocolate or nay other kind of chips)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (optional, it gives it a smoother texture, but you don't need it)
pound fresh strawberries with leaves

Line a baking sheet or cookie pan with parchment or waxed paper.

Wash the strawberries and pat them dry with paper towels; set aside. NOTE: Make sure the strawberries are completely dry. Any drop of water in the melted chocolate can cause it to "seize" and turn the chocolate mixture into a grainy mess.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips (and vegetable oil, if using) in the microwave for one minute. Check and stir. If it needs more time, put it in for 30 second bursts, checking and stirring, it doesn't have to be completely melted, you don't want to scorch the chocolate.  Remove the container from the microwave and stir the chocolate until completely melted.

Grasp the stem or green leafy part of the strawberry and dip into the chocolate and swirl in chocolate to partially cover.

Give the strawberry a little shake as you take it out of the chocolate, let the excess drip off into the bowl, and then place the dipped berry on the cookie sheet lined with parchment. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries.

Set aside the berries to allow the chocolate to harden, about 30 minutes. Or you can place them in the refrigerator. Transfer fruit onto a serving platter to serve.

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33 comments:

  1. yumm, chocolates and strawberries. :)enjoy your weekend

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  2. OMG, that looks so good...nothing like a little strawberry with chocolate!

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  3. Love, love, love strawberries and chocolate. What a fun time together.

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  4. Pretty enough for a party - and I'll bet they were delicious.

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  5. I have made this in the past. They are really good.

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  6. Those berries looked great for having been lost in the shuffle!

    Me and Miss Text Everyone while we bake, mix and melt!

    Kids! ;)

    Last December I tried Baker's microwave dipping chocolate on some truffles. Talk about easy and hardly any mess. And it tasted pretty good too! Course the truffles were sinfully rich and the coating played second fiddle.

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  7. Scrumptious looking strawberries and oh my, with chocolate, perfect!

    Nancy

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  8. This looks marvelous! What a real chocolate treat!

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  9. Looks like a winner to me!! You're lucky "Miss Picky" likes to help once in awhile!!

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  10. YUMMY, chocolate and strawberries. Two of my favorites. Thanks for sharing these delicious recipes.

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  11. Chocolate and strawberries. My favourites. Looks delicious.

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  12. You cannot beat chocolate covered strawberries! Placing on mini-chocolate bundt cakes over the top. Looks like a productive day with Miss Picky in the kItchen. :-)

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  13. Wow, chocolate and strawberries are an unbeatable combination...I would have voted for the bittersweet dark chocolate though.
    Your bundt cakes look fabulous...may I join you for a taste?

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  14. Yum!!!! Chocolate and strawberries ... mosaics to die for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. You two girls are having a ton of fun together this summer. What a joy for you to have a baking buddy. You may just have a baker in the family yet! The strawberries look great. That's a nice treat for a summer day. Cake sound delish. One our families favorite cookies when I was growing up was the one on the Reese's chips bag..chocolate with pb chips. YUM!

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  16. Looking mighty tasty around your place! ummm.... delicious AND pretty too! I am still hungering for some of those Easy Stuffed Mushrooms from your previous post :)

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  17. Hi, Oh my gosh everything looks great and so yummmmmmy! I hope that you have a wonderful new week!
    hugs...
    Bobbi

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  18. Oh, my...goodness. Not the treat to look at so late in the evening! Yummy photos!

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  19. Chocolate dipped strawberries are some of my favorites! They look so tempting!

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  20. I love Williams Sonoma mixes (and King Arthur Flour mixes) so I know you ckae was good!

    Miss Picky's chocolate covered strawberries look fabulous!

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  21. Just plain yum!!! I love Williams Sonoma mixes and products. I can make everything from "scratch" but I just don't keep all the ingredients on hand any more.

    Beautiful photographs.

    Carol

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  22. It's early morning for me, and these look so delicious that I drooled :-)

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  23. Yum! I was not hungry until I opened your post. :-D
    Have a great week.

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  24. I haven't tried microwaving chocolate -- only tempering blocks of high quality chocolate using a candy thermometer and a double boiler. Works perfectly, but takes a long time.

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  25. Oh, chocolate covered strawberries! They would be devoured very quickly here. :)

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  26. The strawberries look so delicious and the presentation so divine! I get my strawberries from the farmers market.

    Its too hot here to be baking and cooking.

    I have been off blogging and I feel refresh now!

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  27. Yum! Love chocolate and strawberries!

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  28. How yummy looking! And just he right size! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

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  29. Looks amazing, the presentation is delightful :) New here, but I like :)

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  30. I want a chocolate covered strawberry - they sure do look good! I like the mini pans and the presentation with the mini bundt and strawberry is just too cute.

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  31. I love the presentation with the chocolate-covered strawberry in the center! How cute!!!

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