This simple summer dessert is as easy as it is elegant. Because there are only two ingredients, quality matters. Use the best berries you can find, preferably organic because they're #4 on EWG's Dirty Dozen list. If you have berries that are under-ripe, this is a good way to sweeten them up a bit.
I used 85% dark chocolate ("The Dark Chocolate Lover's Bar" from Trader Joe's) for this recipe, but a 72% variety would also work well. When it comes to the health benefits of chocolate, darker is better, so use the darkest variety you like to eat. I find that 3.5 ounces is the right amount for a quart of berries.
It's the tips of strawberries that are usually dipped in chocolate, but I prefer to cut off the tops and dip the big end instead. This creates a flat and stable surface, so they don't roll around.
3.5 ounces 85% dark chocolate
1 quart fresh strawberries, tops removed
- Fill a saucepan with an inch of water and warm it over low heat .
- Place the chocolate in a glass or stainless steel. Set the bowl on top of the pan of simmering water. Make sure that the bottom of the bowl is not in contact with the water.
- While the chocolate melts, cover a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.
- Once the chocolate has just melted, turn off the heat and transfer the bowl to a heat-proof surface. Do not over-heat the chocolate.
- Hold each berry by the tip and dip the base into the melted chocolate before placing it on the prepared sheet.
- Once all the berries have been dipped, transfer them to the fridge.
- Once they have set, store them on the wax or parchment paper in an air-tight container.
- Take them out of the fridge at least 10 minutes before serving.