Friday, June 7, 2013

Phat Food Friday: DIY White Chocolate Covered Strawberries

What is better than a big, juicy, sweet strawberry? One dipped in white chocolate. Those clever clerks at the grocery just happened to put a coupon right next to the 2for strawberries. So I indulged in the $1.00 off of my Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares. Even better, the directions to melt that good stuff was right on the box! It's super easy...and ready to inhale in about 30 minutes!
Start out by choosing and hulling about 10 of your largest berries (that's fancy talk for cut off the leaves and the hardish part that the leaves are attached to). Give 'em a good rinse...

 ....and gently pat them dry.
Gather the rest of your supplies...
One 6 oz. box of Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares
About 10 largish strawberries
A glass dish to microwave the chocolate in.
A fork ( I used a vintage fondue fork).
A rubber spatula.
A cookie sheet covered in parchment or wax paper.
Optional...Pretzel sticks and a handful of Cherry flavored Dried Cranberries.

Ready? Great. You need to make SURE you have ALL of your supplies ready and nearby...the chocolate cools and hardens FAST. Once it has cooled you really can't melt it again because it gets grainy and tacky. So, you will be stuck chipping that hard chocolate out of your bowl.

Unwrap ALL of the White Chocolate Baking Squares & put them in the glass dish.
Microwave for 20-30 seconds.

Stir. Microwave an additional 10 seconds IF NEEDED.

Stir. When all of the large chunks are melted...

Start dipping! I stabbed that berry REALLY good...but not all the way thru the other side.
You do not want to drop it in that melted chocolate!
Place your dipped berry onto your cookie sheet covered in parchment.

When ALL of your berries have been dipped, you may have a bit of White Chocolate left.
My daughter reminded me that you can of course just use the rubber spatula to scoop all of the "extra" chocolate into your mouth.....
But we are going to drizzle it onto some pretzel sticks.
Trust me, the sweet and salty combo here is worth it!
Line up 4-5 pretzel sticks together....quickly now! That white chocolate is cooling fast!

Scrape the "extra" white chocolate into a small pool over the 4-5 pretzel sticks. When the chocolate cools, they will all be stuck together nicely for munching.
I also added a few Cherry flavored Dried Cranberries on top of the white chocolate...mmmm.

Let your picture taker/sous chef lick the actual "extra" chocolate.

Slide that cookie sheet into the fridge and let it all set for about 15 minutes.
Store your white chocolate treats in an airtight container for a day or two
....they don't usually last long at my house.

Serve up your ripe White Chocolate Covered Strawberries for a yummy treat!

And when your berries are can snack on these thing-a-ma-jigs!
A great sweet, tart and salty combo!