|I traditionally prepare this romantic delight |
every year to share with my husband
on Valentine's Day...
Prep: 20 Mins.
10 large fresh strawberries, stems intact (at room temperature)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons half n' half
1 tablespoon brandy, (or your favorite liqueur)
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 teaspoon half and half
Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Wash the strawberries and pat dry thoroughly with paper towels, and set aside.
In a heavy-bottom, small saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips, cream, and brandy, stirring just until completely melted (this may take time, do not turn up heat).
Grasp the stem while lifting the green leaves of the strawberry at the same time, and dip into the chocolate, while swirling to partially cover. Give the strawberry a little shake as you withdraw it from the chocolate, and then swirl over bowl to let the excess chocolate drip off, then place on wax paper. Repeat with the remaining strawberries.
Make the white chocolate drizzle in the same method as previously stated, and when it is slightly cooled place the drizzling mixture inside a ziploc bag, and snip one corner (a very small snip). Pick up a strawberry and drizzle as shown in photograph; repeating until done.
Allow the chocolate to harden, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and share these tasty morsels with your special one, along with flutes of champagne.
Tip: Please make sure the strawberries are at room temperature and completely dry (refrigerator causes condensation). Even a drop of water in the melted chocolate can cause it to 'seize' and turn the entire mixture into a grainy mess.