I love this time of year because you can find wonderful strawberries, in the stores and farmers markets. I am always looking for new things that I can do with strawberries, and have even tried making home made jam. Last season was my 1st attempt at making jam in I must admit, although the flavor was fabulous, I ended up with jars of something that more closely resembled strawberry sauce. I will try again this year, but for today I thought I would share a family favorite. "Chocolate Dipped Strawberries", they are delicious, beautiful, and very fast and easy to make. The 2 most important thing to remember when you are making this is that the strawberries need to be completely dry after washing, and they need to be cool. Other than that you can accomplish this recipe in 10-15 minutes start to finish.
2 quarts fresh strawberries with leaves on top
1 11-12oz package Semi sweet chocolate pieces
Start by washing and drying strawberries and placing them on a cookie sheet. Place them in the refrigerator while you heat the chocolate. In a tall narrow bottom glass bowl microwave entire package of semi sweet chocolate pieces for 2 minutes and 15 second on high power. When time is complete with a rubber spatula stir chocolate pieces until smooth. Be aware that when you remove them from microwave it will look like they are not all melted, but that is OK, just stir them until smooth. If you microwave them until totally melted they will become grainy and you will have to through them away, so beware.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. Hold strawberry by the leaves and dip and roll in chocolate almost to the top. Place on wax paper, when all strawberries have been dipped place back in the refrigerator to harden. About 10-15 minutes before serving, remove strawberries from refrigerator and place on a serving plate. If you try to eat them directly from the refrigerator the chocolate will break off the strawberry when you bite them, so be patient and let them warm up a bit.
I hope that everyone that reads this will have a Blessed and Happy Easter!