Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sporty Strawberries

Just perfect for Football Fans 
My little brother's officially Bama Bound. So, to celebrate his May 20th graduation, my mom's hosting a Crimson Tide-themed party.

In addition to Oatmeal Cream Pies (as homage to Nick Saban of course), she'll be dishing up some chocolate covered strawberries.  As is, they make delicious desserts.  But with the addition of some white icing, they're instantly turned into footballs!

Since I'm back in Georgia for Spring Break, we decided it'd be the perfect time to try out our football strawberry recipe before the day.

What You'll Need:
-8 oz. chocolate candy coating (available at your local craft store)
-1/4 cup white candy coating or Ingredients for Royal Icing
-Piece of cling wrap
-Small plastic baggie
-Size 2 pastry tips (optional)

After washing your basket of ruby red strawberries, be sure to give  them a thorough drying.

Even minus the chocolatey coating, these strawberries were delicious! 
Next, put your chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.  Melt it on high power for 60 seconds.  Remove it from the microwave and stir.  Check to see if it needs additional heat.  If so, place it back in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until the chocolate has fully melted.  Now, if your chocolate becomes too heated (turning chunky), add one teaspoon of vegetable oil for every six ounces of chocolate used.

Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the bottom half of each strawberry in the melted chocolate.  Twist the strawberry so that the chocolate forms a "tail" at the end.  Set the strawberries on a peace of parchment paper. And, repeat with the remaining strawberries.

After the chocolate's dried, it's time to add your football markings.

To add an extra sugary touch, we made royal icing instead of using white chocolate.  The easy addition requires minimal ingredients that you'll most likely already have in your cupboard, so if you've got the time, give it a try.

When it came time to putting the royal icing in our "pastry bag," my mom showed me a new trick to keep it mess-free.  To begin with, scoop your icing on a piece of cling wrap.

Tightly twist the ends, creating a clean home for the royal icing.

Then, cut a small hole in the corner of a small plastic baggie and work the royal icing through.
To make sure the laces are perfect, add a size two or three  pastry tip.

Draw a royal icing line around the top and bottom of each strawberry.
Add white laces down to middle, making it look just like a real football.

Lastly, eat up and enjoy your sporty sweet treat!

No comments:

Post a Comment