Ah! Book club! A time for deep thought, rousing discussions, and literary analysis. However,…if your book club is anything like mine, then mixed in with the scintillating topics of conversation, there’s always time for laughs, socializing…and…you guessed it… food. Now, I wouldn’t say that we are as food and drink-focused as Lorna Landvik’s characters, in Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, who always linger over the food table at their book club meetings and who consider “a pitcher of strawberry daiquiris as [satisfying their] daily fruit requirement.” For the ladies on Freesia Court, chocolate is a necessity at every book club meeting. During one meeting, in which they’re discussing Dr. Faustus and what sort of bargains they’d make with the devil, Audrey said she’d “sell her soul for a chocolate éclair.”
Our book club definitely is a little more health conscious, but I know we all secretly hope the host has prepared something sweet to balance the saltiness of some of our heated discussions.
I’m not much of a baker, (my sister and I once made chocolate chip cookies and forgot to add the flour), but I had some chocolate morsels in my refrigerator I needed to use. I was hosting book club that night and wanted to make a sweet treat to go with some hummus and naan I had already prepared. Cookies weren’t happening, and as I pondered what to do with the chocolate, I spotted a fresh packet of beautiful, red strawberries on my counter! Bingo! I now present my easy, cheat method for making delicious, mouth-watering chocolate covered strawberries…prepare to be amazed at my cooking prowess.
Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries
1 to 2 cups of chocolate morsels
12-16 ounces of strawberries, rinsed
**optional vanilla candy melts (for the stripes)
1. Place 1 cup of chocolate morsels in a microwave safe container (I like to use a glass measuring cup) and melt the chocolate morsels in the microwave for 30 sec on high power.
2. Remove from the microwave and stir the melty, morsely mixture.
3. Place back in the microwave and melt for another 30 sec on high power.
4. Remove from the microwave, and stir briskly until all of the chocolate has melted. (You might need to put it back in the microwave for a few more seconds).
5. Gently dip the strawberries into the mixture, turning them to coat all sides.
6. Place the dipped strawberries on waxed paper on a baking sheet and let them cool. If you want them to harden quicker, place them in the refrigerator.
6. After you’ve finished dipping all of the strawberries, heat the vanilla candy melts.
7. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted vanilla candy melts over the strawberries in a striped pattern.
*Be careful to heat the chocolate in stages, removing it from the microwave to stir it. It is easy to scorch it if you heat it too long. You definitely don’t want to heat it for over a minute without stirring it.
*You need to have all of the materials ready to go because when you remove the melted morsels from the microwave the chocolate will harden quickly. You need to dip the strawberries before this happens.