Posts Tagged ‘Strawberries’

Yogurt Ganache Covered Strawberries

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Wood-Fired Pizza OvenI never get tired working in our test kitchen dreaming up new chocolate ideas. It’s kind of like being in a space-age chocolate science fiction laboratory where we have liquid nitrogen canisters, chocolate tempering pots, enrobing machines and even a large wood-fired pizza oven we use to roast cocoa beans.

Long Stem StrawberriesLast week it was strawberries. This time of year in California strawberries are harvested aplenty. We made fresh strawberry white chocolate ganache, dark chocolate-frozen strawberry ice cream and chocolate-dipped fresh, long stem strawberries.

Chocolate Dipped StrawberriesMidway through the afternoon we discovered another tasty way to enjoy sweet, fresh strawberries! Strawberries provide Vitamin C, more antioxidants ounce for ounce than blueberries and many other nutrients, making them a great addition to a well-balanced diet – not to mention how great-tasting they are! Here’s a deliciously easy summertime dessert that you can make in minutes and it’s made with Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate (64%), vanilla yogurt and strawberries of course!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup crushed chocolate wafers or animal crackers
6 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate (64%), chopped
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1 pound whole, long-stem strawberries, cleaned and dried

Directions:

  1. Place crushed wafer or crackers in a shallow dish; set aside.
  2. Gradually melt the chocolate in a microwave oven in 30 second bursts stirring at each break until the chocolate has melted.
  3. Remove from the microwave oven and add the yogurt to melted chocolate and stir until well combined and smooth.
  4. Dip one strawberry in chocolate and roll in crushed wafers or crackers; set on waxed paper lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining strawberries.
  5. Refrigerate strawberries until chocolate is firm (about 30 minutes). Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

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Strawberry Shortcake Season

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Farmers' MarketIt is strawberry season in Southern California. I was at my favorite local farmers’ market this weekend and could smell the freshly picked, ripe strawberries a block away. There is nothing better than the aroma and taste of spring and early summer strawberries. That’s only one of the reasons I choose to live in California, but that could be enough.

StrawberriesToday I was inspired to make Fresh Strawberry Chocolate Shortcake. But, where did the original Strawberry Shortcake first come from? As I was working on my recipe, I wanted to learn a little bit about the origins of one of my favorite desserts.

No one exactly knows when the first strawberry shortcake was made. I’ve heard it may go back as far as 1850 right here in California. Strawberries have been around for more than 2000 years. Records that show that the people in ancient Rome enjoyed them, but putting strawberries and shortcake together seems to be more of a United States tradition.

The Merry Wives of WindsorAs with many classic dishes, when the timing is right, the dish becomes a national favorite. We know that shortcake has been around at least since Shakespeare. It was mentioned in his play, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

A European recipe book in 1594 had a recipe for Short Cakes. The crumbly shortcake, which first resembled the texture and shape of a scone, turned round when the typical triangular shaped pastries kept having the point break off. It was thought that the round shape was more practical.

Strawberry shortcake parties became popular in the United States in the mid 1850s, as a celebration of the coming of summer. Probably the most popular berry back then, people talked of strawberry fever. The railroads became transcontinental and strawberries could be shipped from coast to coast surrounded with ice to keep them fresh. Advertisements and articles about strawberry shortcake caused more and more demand.

The Lady's Receipt-BookThe earliest recipe I found for this dessert was in 1847 in The Lady’s Receipt-Book by Miss Leslie. It’s called Strawberry Cake, but it’s very similar to what we call strawberry shortcake. I don’t know what anyone could do to improve on this old-fashioned favorite, but I decided that the only ingredient that could make it taste any better at all was chocolate. Check out my recipe—Chocolate-Strawberry Shortcakes—created right here in the Choclatique Chocolate Studios. We originally started working on it last summer when we were testing all the recipes for my new book, but it was cut when we found we had more recipes than pages to print them on. So, never being one to let anything go to waste, especially with strawberries, I decided to share it with you today.

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