Tag Archives: Pastries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries {Recipe}

24 Jul

CCS (2)Chocolate covered strawberries. The lovers’ dessert. So luxurious, delectable, decadent and perfect for literally ANY occasion. My love affair with chocolate covered strawberries started at a young age when I was convinced I was being healthy because I was eating fruit – who cares if they are doused in chocolate? They are still fruit! Fruit is one of my favorite food groups – so to pay homage to such tasty treats I have decided to share my secret recipe for this lovely dessert. You’d be surprised how easy they are to make! They will surely impress whoever you are making them for..

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Organic Strawberries
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses (yes, seriously)

Directions:

1. Gently wash the strawberries and pat dry with paper towels – let sit for at least 20 minutes so they are completely dry 

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2. While they dry…

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unwrap the kisses and place in a glass bowl

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3. Melt the kisses in the microwave at 1 minute intervals – stirring with a rubber spatula in between 

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4. Dip the clean, dry strawberries into the chocolate all the way up to the greens (this is the fun part!)

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5. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet 

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6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 until all the strawberries are done! If you want to get creative, you can drizzle them with another color chocolate! Below, I drizzled with pink for my nieces Baptism party

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7. Refrigerate the berries until the chocolate has hardened — it only takes a few minutes

Once the chocolate has set up, your hard work pays off!

Enjoy with a glass of champagne 🙂

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I would love to hear about your chocolate covered strawberry adventures! Send me a tweet or an email to let me know how you did! Pictures are always welcome ❤

xoxo

Sara 

Back in Italia and It Feels So Good

17 Sep

Ciao Amici! I have been extremely lazy with my blogging lately and its most likely because I’ve been extremely busy getting back in the swing of things in Firenze. I started my baking and pastry program at Apicius two weeks ago and have been going non-stop ever since! They really like to keep you busy at this school.. my schedule for the last week as been as follows:

Monday – Friday: Wake up at 5:30am head to Fedora to bake. and bake. and bake. Until 5:30 in the afternoon. Race down to the other side of town to make a 6pm yoga class (on Thursday’s I’m the teacher! woo hooo) After that I either make time to see friends at aperitivo or dinner or just decide to cut my losses and head to bed since I have to do it all again in the morning. While my days have been insane lately they are so much fun! I’ve learned how to make bread, millefoglie, biscotti, macaroons, and I have of course got my hazelnut butter cream down to a science. I can roll out short pastry like a pro but if anyone makes me eat ANYTHING else made out of puff pastry I’ll probably lose it. Whats the obsession with puff pastry anyway? As far as I’m concerned, unless it’s a good old buttery french croissant, I’m not into it.

Here’s some pics of the amazingness I get to bake on a daily basis: (also be sure to check out my super sexy uniform – I’m not going to lie the pants are super cozy and I thoroughly enjoy wearing them)

Almond Macaroons!

Slicing up some bread for our bread class

My absolute favorite dessert ever… the fruit tart.

Millefoglie

Biscotti with Almonds

Some more breads of Italy

So thats what I’ve been up to for these last few weeks and I couldn’t be more excited to head back into that bakery in 30 minutes (I know that sounded sarcastic but I actually am really excited – more breads today! yayy)

Breakfast pastries stuffed with apples and butter cream, sounds good but made of puff pastry so no i’m not freaking eating it

 

Life in Italy has definitely been treating me well for the last nine months which has led me to this one thought that has been on my mind since I returned to Florence: sorry USA, I love you, but no, I am never coming back.

Baking!