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Dad Cooks Dinner: Valentine’s Day Desserts

When dad cooks dinner, expectations can be mixed, but when dad cooks Valentine’s Day dinner, we better get it right. The main course is decided as well as the appetizers, but what about dessert. You can’t expect a no-bake cheesecake or some vanilla pudding to fly on Valentine’s Day. One of the simplest, yet most romantic desserts is chocolate covered strawberries. There’s a romantic feeling about feeding the sweet fruit to each other. It’s guaranteed to get the home fires burning.

Choosing the Perfect Strawberries

You’re going to want large juicy strawberries for dipping. The redder the better. The smaller strawberries don’t look as good and can be a bit difficult to dip. You may have to buy a few packages in order to have enough for Valentine’s Day. Once you have picked the biggest and the brightest, examine them for soft spots, mold and discoloring. They need to be perfect, so toss out anything that isn’t.

How to Melt Chocolate Using a Double Boiler

There are several types of chocolate you can use including dark, milk and white chocolate. Dark chocolate is bitter compared to milk, and white chocolate is perfect for contrast. You can even use mint chocolate for something a little different.

Place a pot on the stove and add water. Let it come to a boil. Place a heat resistant bowl over the pot and add the chocolate. Stir the chocolate until it melts. Have the strawberries on hand as the chocolate may begin to harden once it begins to cool off. Dip about half the strawberry in the chocolate and place on a baking sheet on top of wax paper. Make sure the strawberries are perfectly dry or the chocolate will seize (clump) up on you.

Going the Extra Mile

You could be done, but why not go the extra mile. While the chocolate is still hot on the strawberry add chopped nuts, candy, etc. These give it a little extra flare and taste great together as well. If you want to go all out, then place the strawberries in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to set the chocolate. Melt the opposite color chocolate or caramel and drizzle it on top of the strawberries. Drizzled chocolate looks great and she’ll appreciate the extra work you put into it.

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