Recipe by KELSTOUCH
"Absolutely delectable and rich! Strawberries are injected with orange brandy, and dipped in rich dark chocolate. You don't have to put the white stripes on, but it gives a very professional look. Once you make these they won't last long! Takes a little time but its worth it!"
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fresh strawberries with leaves
brandy-based orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier®)
bittersweet chocolate, chopped
brandy-based orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier®)
1 (1 ounce) square
chopped white chocolate
Changed the injected liquor to suit the tastes of my guests. Instead of brandy, I injected rum into the strawberries, let them sit for about an hour to marinate, then dipped them into chocolate. Did not try to add liquor or cream to the chocolate mixture, just dipped them into chocolate that was melted over a simmering water. This recipe is very versatile as you can insert what ever liquor you prefer into the strawberries. Excellent idea! These are always requested at girls night. But as another reviewer mentioned, there are occasions of escaping streams of liquor while trying to inject strawberries.
I gave this 2 stars because of all the pain this recipe put me through. I had to make 3 trips to the store and paid over $35 for chocolate and spent half the day making them. Great idea for strawberries, but do yourself a favor, just melt the chocolate and DO NOT add anything to it. Even tempered, the cream and grand marnier will harden the chocolate instantly. With all said and done, they came out beautiful and they tasted wonderful.
I've made these twice and learned a few things. Very Fresh Firm strawberries are best (pay extra for the quality). 1 pound of choc is too much-use 1/2 to 3/4 pound and adjust the added Grand Marnier. The more GM in the choc, the more is looses it's smooth texture. Don't even try to get 2 tsp of GM into a strawberry unless it's extra huge, settle for 1/2 tsp and move on. With those adjustments...WOW! This was a fabulous treat!
My friend and I made these strawberries for Valentine's Day as gifts. I felt the strawberries were too strong and would probably change them by not adding the grand marnier to the chocolate. Also by not adding the grand marnier the chocolate would have had a more smoother look to it. Or it may just be that orange brandy isn't my type of liquor. My friend on the other hand loved them. And people we gave them to as gifts thought they were fabulous. I also made a batch of plain strawberries just in case people didn't like the bradied ones. So they were still enjoyable regardless. I would definitely make them again to give out as gifts. Something to keep in mind... while infusing the strawberries, watch for shooting streams of alcohol :-)
These strawberries last about 2 seconds once you bring them out! You can only inject about 1/2 tsp in a regular sized berry. You'd need "frankenfruit" to be able to put 2 tsp in a strawberry. I used a thin shishkabob stick to make a hole at the middle of the strawberry leaf down into the middle to make more room for the liquor. Be careful not to poke the hole through the strawberry!
These were very good. I just used dipping chocolate without the other liquids, because I didn't want to mess with trying to keep the chocolate from seizing. I didn't have a syringe in the house, so I took another reviewer's advice and used a skewer. I poked 3 tunnels in the small end of each strawberry, and they stayed upright on the leaf end. I used a pastry tip as a funnel to pour the liquor in. After a half hour in the fridge the liquor either soaked into the strawberries or solidified enough that it did not leak out when I turned the strawberries upside down to dip.
I made some with rum, some with rum cream, and some with Bailey's. I thought the ones with Bailey's were best, but they were all delicious.
I used 1 pound of milk chocolate with 2 tablespoons shortening. I also infused the strawberries with Godiva Cappuccino Liqueur. Let me tell you, these were fabulous!
Roommates barely let the chocolate set before they gobbled them up! I used three different liquors: Grand Marnier, Kahlua, and Bailey's Irish Cream (which we ended up liking the most). Before I injected the strawberries, I used a toothpick to dig a small "well" in the center of each strawberry as previous reviewers have suggested. After I injected the strawberries, I placed them in separate compartments of an empty ice cube tray, which helped keep things neat and tidy. I also didn't add any GM to the chocolate, and opted instead to drizzle the chocolate over the strawberries. Delicious!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Liquor-Infused Chocolate Strawberries
Serving Size: 1/16 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 112
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