As it is hard to be handing out candies for kids on Halloween without eating any, I decided to make these yummy strawberry and apple bites dipped in chocolate. We enjoyed them for dessert yesterday and really didn’t miss the sugar boost and all the ongoing craving that comes after that.
I’ve been making these strawberries for a long time and it is a great light dessert specially if you use dark chocolate, in which case you save many calories. Make them on the day you will be serving, they don’t do well in the fridge, preferably only 2 or 3 hours ahead of time.
The important detail is to melt the chocolate in a simmering water and not let any drop of water slip into the mixture or it will really be ruined. Melt it slowly and watch carefully, remove the bowl from the heat before the chocolate is completely melted. It is ok if the mixture still has some chunks that are not melted, they will melt as you stir.
If you can, make a point of having fun making these dipped fruit! It is such an easy and fast dessert that is always set up to be a success, everybody loves it. I can never make enough of them.
It is not so easy to find the really large strawberries with long stems, but if you do find them, go for it, it is totally irresistible! Not talking about how expensive they are if you were to buy them ready.
Strawberries and apple bites dipped in chocolate
5 oz bittersweet or dark chocolate
2 tsp canola oil
1 pint of strawberries
2 green medium apples
Arrange parchment paper on the counter top.
Wash the strawberries and pat them dry, keeping their stems. It is really important to dry them well or the chocolate will not stick to them. Cut the apples in slices or wedges, the way you want.
Chop the chocolate in chunks, mix in the oil and put in a dry glass bowl that can be put in hot water.
Bring a small pan with 1 inch of water to a simmer. Gently immerse the bowl with the chocolate and oil in the simmering water. The chocolate will start melting right away, (since is already chopped up) keep stirring, around 1 to 2 min. Don’t wait for all the chocolate to melt. Carefully take the bowl out of the pan and start the process of dipping the fruit in the chocolate, working quickly and laying them on the parchment paper. I do it with my hands, grabbing the strawberries by the stems, but you can use small tongs to do that too. For the apple pieces, a fork will do the job. Let it dry for at least an hour.
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!