Strawberries and chocolate are synonymous with romance and pampering. Mostly, we are familiar with berries dipped in chocolate, but what about that hollow center just begging to be filled? Fetedish’s featured pastry chef, Rachel from Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood, gave us this fun idea for an at home project for all ages! So off to the kitchen I went to experiment and give you the best tips for this yummy piece of brilliance.
Make at least 24 hrs. in advance,
and chill until ready to use.
1. Measure 1 part chocolate, 2 parts heavy cream.
2. Place heavy cream into a saucepan. Heat slowly until the cream reaches a boil.
Remove from heat immediately so it doesn’t scorch.
3. Add in chocolate chips and let them begin to melt.
Stir with a rubber spatula until all of the chocolate has melted.
4. Place in a room temperature bowl and chill over night.
5. Once you are ready to make your berries, whip the ganache until soft before piping.
1. Cut off the top of the berries
2. Use a paring knife to cut around the inside to make the hollow center larger. (optional)
Tip: Place berries cut side down on a paper towel and let them “dry out” for about an hour
so that the berry juices don’t mix too much with ganache .
Fill with Goodness:
Here is where you can get creative. I used chopped nuts in the center of mine, but there are many other options like: orange, mint, peanut butter or even coffee!
Tip: Use a clean egg carton to use as a “stand” for keeping your berries upright as you fill and top with ganache.
1. Fill with choice of flavor.
2. Use a pastry bag to top off berries with your whipped ganache.
3. Garnish with mint leaves.
To serve your treats with style, fill small sauce dishes or mini martini glasses (found at Pier 1®) with chocolate chips.
Tip: Slightly warm the chocolate chips and make a couple of indentions for the berries to rest in.
This will keep the berries from sliding onto their sides.
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