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Strawberries and Chocolate Recipes
Recipe By :Natalie
Haughton, Los Angeles Daily News
Serving Size : 0
Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Desserts
Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
Top slices of a
flourless chocolate cake or chocolate truffle cake (or even a
store-bought chocolate pound cake) with sweetened strawberries
(splashed with a dash of Grand Marnier or Chambord) and poufs of
freshly whipped cream.
Fill a chocolate
angel food cake with strawberry mousse and frost with chocolate
whipped cream for a luscious ending to a meal.
strawberries skewered with other fresh fruits like melon, pineapple
or banana pieces and drizzled with homemade hot fudge sauce are fast
to turn out and taste terrific. To make a quick sauce, combine
semisweet or bittersweet chocolate in a glass measuring cup with a
little whipping cream or milk in the microwave oven just until
chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth when stirred.
Fill cream puffs
or meringue shells with plan or chocolate whipped cream (or custard)
and cut-up fresh berries; drizzle hot fudge or milk chocolate sauce
Spread a thin
layer or chocolate ganache (chocolate melted with a little cream and
butter) in a tart or pie shell (chocolate, graham cracker or
shortbread). Once the chocolate is chilled and set, arrange whole
fresh berries on top, pointed sides up. Brush with melted apricot,
strawberry or raspberry jam, if desired. Refrigerate until serving time.
napoleons by sandwiching together layers of frozen puff pastry dough,
thawed and baked according to package directions, with chocolate
mousse or chocolate pudding and thinly sliced fresh berries. Garnish
top with drizzle of melted chocolate.
chocolate mousse, layered with cut-up berries in a stemmed glass or
wine goblet, makes a yummy finale.
lovers, top a chocolate chip or white chocolate cheesecake with dark
or milk chocolate-dipped berries. Or serve slices of a chocolate
cheesecake with strawberry sauce ladled over the top and alongside.
For a really quick
and tempting sweet, pick up your favorite flavor of chocolate ice
cream or frozen yogurt and top scoops with whole or chopped berries
and a little melted raspberry or strawberry jam or hot fudge sauce.
Sprinkle with nuts, if desired.
Gussy up creme
brulee, rice pudding or tapioca with strawberry slices and chocolate sauce.
trifle. You can make a chocolate version almost instantly by layering
slices of store-bought chocolate pound cake (or other chocolate cake)
with layers of sweetened whipped cream zipped up with a little of
your favorite liqueur and assorted fresh berries. Sometimes instead
of using whipped cream for a filling, mix up a package of instant
chocolate or vanilla pudding and pie mix with half the amount of milk
called for -- and then fold in a cup of whipping cream, whipped.
soufflé topped with strawberry sauce or simply fresh berries and
plenty of whipped cream is divine.
If an easy pie is
called for, whip up a package of instant chocolate pudding and pie
filling mix (reduce the amount of milk called for to make sure the
pie firms up) with sliced berries and bananas nestled in the middle.
Drizzle slices with hot fudge sauce just before serving.
For something cool
in the drink department, whir up a shake with fresh berries that
you've frozen ice cream and a little chocolate syrup
(or swirl in some
hot fudge topping and add some to the top).
chocolate cake baked from a mix is a good base for a festive berry
dessert and a good choice with time at a premium. Spread on baked and
cooled cake layer with whipped cream, either sweetened or
unsweetened, and slices of fresh berries. Top with second layer and
spread more whipped cream over tops and sides. Arrange whole berries
pointed sides up, all over the top. Refrigerate until serving time.
This is best made and served the same day.
And of course, we
couldn't forget chocolate strawberry shortcake -- either make your
own chocolate version of the cake (substitute unsweetened cocoa
powder for some of the flour in a standard recipe or look for a
chocolate shortcake recipe) or use store-bought cakes or chocolate
cookies and top with sweetened berries and whipped cream, either
plain or with some cocoa powder and a splash of amaretto, rum or
Grand Marnier folded in.
Strawberries................... hard combination to beat!
"Team strawberries and chocolate -- two favorite flavors -- in
dynamite desserts to welcome spring. Stunning looking and fabulous
tasting creations are feasible with the juicy, red beauties and
various shades and flavors of rich chocolate."
Virginian-Pilot, May 2000"
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NOTES : MC
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