A Twist on the Chocolate-covered Strawberries Recipe

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It’s Strawberry Season!


We love chocolate-covered strawberries.  The combination of dark, rich chocolate and fresh sweet strawberries is a no-fail match.  It’s the beginning of a nice long strawberry season, so how about a twist on the conventional?  Here is a recipe from Better Homes & Gardens that mixes a fudgy cake, strawberry jam and chocolate ganache.  Topped with fresh strawberries and chocolate curls, you won’t miss the old-school chocolate-dipped strawberries!

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes


Ingredients

½ cup butter

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

¾ cup milk

¼ cup strawberry jam

1 recipe bittersweet Chocolate Ganache

12 medium strawberries

3 ounces bittersweet and/or milk chocolate curls


Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour or line with paper bake cups twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups; set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in sugar and cocoa powder until combined. Add egg and vanilla. Using a wooden spoon, beat lightly just until combined.

In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to chocolate mixture, beating by hand after each addition. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each two-thirds full.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Using a knife, loosen the edges; carefully remove cupcakes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

If cupcakes don’t have paper liners, trim a thin slice from top of each cupcake so they will sit flat. Turn bottom side up. Place cupcakes 2 inches apart on wire rack set over waxed paper. (For cupcakes in liners, peel liners down but do not remove.) Spread 1 teaspoon of the strawberry jam over each cupcake.

Prepare Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache. (below) Spoon ganache over cupcakes, making sure to coat all sides. Place a strawberry on top of each cake. Drizzle each strawberry lightly with ganache, letting the strawberry show through. Top cupcakes with chocolate curls.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients

1 cup whipping cream

10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

3 tablespoons butter

Directions

In a medium saucepan, bring the whipping cream just to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add the bittersweet chocolate, chopped (do not stir). Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking until ganache is smooth.

photo courtesy of bhg.com

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