April 27, 2011

Chocolate Glaze

Mr. Sideline Chef and I are about to celebrate our 4 year anniversary coming up on May 9. Our anniversary is the only holiday that I get overly emotional about and stress the importance to him about not forgetting. He in fact actually remembered the date this year all on his own. For a man who forgets his own father's exact birth date (he remembers it's around the tax filing deadline, haha) I was rather impressed and touched.

I don't know why I put so much importance on our anniversary. For example... Mother's Day. Overrated. I'm happy to be a mother everyday and don't need a special day. So why do I get so crazed over our anniversary when everyday with Mr. Sideline Chef is special? Can't put my finger on it. Plus throughout the year we do "just because" surprises which are more exciting than anticipating an actual day and forcing him to buy me a special present.

Maybe it's because I like to brag that we've been together for X amount of years. That must be it. The fact that we've found a way to live with each other's quirks and not kill each other in such a small living space after all these years.

With our anniversary date approaching and the lovey feeling so strong I decided that I wanted to make chocolate covered strawberries. Every time we are at the mall and we pass Godiva I can't help but drool over theirs. He'll always ask me if I want some but being as frugal as I am the answer is always the same, "No!" Actually, it's more like, "Hell no! Are you kidding me? I could make them for less!"

I didn't make the chocolate covered strawberries for our anniversary, per se, but they would be a perfect dessert for that night. Instead I made them as a special dessert surprise since I rarely make dessert. It will be a nice surprise after a Monday at work.

So simple to make! I made the chocolate glaze which is nothing more than melted chocolate chips with a little bit of vegetable shortening to add shine. Once the chocolate glaze was ready I dipped the strawberries into it and then placed them on wax paper and let them chill in the fridge to set. Did I mention how easy? And less than $10 to make!

Mandatory... Lick the bowl clean!!!

MyRecipes.com and Real Simple, December 2000
Makes 1 cup

Stars of the Show:
  • 2 cups semisweet or milk chocolate chip pieces - You could use the same amount of white chocolate chips if you prefer.
  • 2 tsp vegetable shortening, optional
And Action:

Melt the chocolate in a metal bowl and place it over a saucepan of simmering water. Once the chocolate is completely melted, you can use it as a dip or drizzle it over the cookies. Chocolate covered strawberries are highly recommended or bananas and then sprinkled with chopped peanuts and then frozen. Yummy!

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calcium: 7mg
Calories: 102
Calories from fat: 1%
Carbohydrate: 13g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Fat: 6g
Fiber: 1g
Iron: 1mg
Protein: 1mg
Saturated fat: 4g
Sodium: 2mg

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Lizzy said...

These gorgeous glazed berries would make an ordinary day special! Happy anniversary to you and your sweet hubby...how nice he remembers :)

Pretend Chef said...

Lizzy - Thank you! It was very thoughtful that he remembered.

Lick My Spoon said...

Congratulations on 4 years....I'll be lucky the day Akber remembers our! Although this year it's 10 years for me so he better! And chocolate dipped fruits really are in the air eh?! They look great Rochelle!

Pretend Chef said...

Lick My Spoon - Thank you! 10 years is a good solid number. That is a milestone anniversary so I'm sure he'll remember, haha! Chocolate and bacon seem to be two ingredients that make everything better.

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

What an incredibly yummy looking chocolate glaze! I bet it's just delicious with plump, fresh strawberries. Thanks for sharing. I'm so glad I found your beautiful blog and am going to explore more of your recipes! :)

Pretend Chef said...

Georgia - I am so happy to "meet" you! Hope you find some yummies that interest you.

Miriam said...

I liked your musings... and I'm looking forward to seeing your torrijas tomorrow! ;)

Pretend Chef said...

Miriam - Big shoes to fill for the torrijas. Yours turned out so beautifully. Thank you!

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