Chocolate can be used in many ways for preparing baked goods and desserts. One of the easiest and simplest ways to use it for producing elegant dessert meals is as a dipping agent. People use chocolate for dipping almost anything, from fruits to candy to even bacon. This article gives you some advice on preparing the chocolate that you may need to use if you are going to make chocolate-covered strawberries.
Choosing your chocolate
In choosing you chocolate, go with the flavour you desire, whether it be dark, milk, or white chocolate. There are several different types of chocolate you can buy to meet your dessert needs. If you want to give your guests a surprise, you may want to try using chocolate that has been flavoured with orange, mint, or other flavors. Choose a flavour that you feel will go well with, and complement the sweet taste of the strawberry.
Use a combination of different types of chocolate for variety and class. Many people find that the easiest type of chocolate to work with is the chocolate melting wafer, or chocolate chips. Chocolate melting wafers are round discs of chocolate that you can easily melt without the need for chopping them. They are also available in different flavours. Alternatively, you can just use chopped chocolate as well.
Professional chefs prefer the use of couverture chocolate, which is very high quality chocolate with cocoa butter content of at least 32%. The high cocoa butter content means that the chocolate gives you an amazing melt-in-your-mouth experience.
Preparing the chocolate
It is best to use tempered chocolate for dipping strawberries as it gives a crisp and glossy texture. Tempered chocolate also keeps for a longer time without the formation of white spots. However, if you are going to serve the strawberries soon after, then this may not be a problem that affects you.
An alternative to tempered chocolate for a smooth, shiny texture is to use a bit of butter, shortening, or vegetable oil with the chocolate. Melt the ingredients over a double boiler and stir well. Make sure your strawberries are thoroughly dried first before you start placing them anywhere near the chocolate. The reason for this is because chocolate will not be able to stick properly to a wet strawberry. Even a drop of water may cause the chocolate to seize.
Chocolate-covered strawberries are a popular dessert treat that can be easily made as long as you have chocolate and strawberries. This article has given you some insight on the considerations that may be made when choosing the type or types of chocolate that you are going to use, and how to best prepare that chocolate for strawberry dipping. These ideas can also be used for dipping other fruits that you may desire to serve for dessert.