Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chocolate Glazed Almond Stuffed Strawberry

I had a tough time thinking about a chocolate recipe. Being a die-hard chocoholic, made the job even more difficult, to say the least. Any type of chocolate, even a teeny-weeny one doesnt escape my ever hungry chocolate deprived tummy. Sending this entry to Hema of salt2taste.blogspot.com, who is hosting her first CFK event. I have used strawberry, if you dont find it in the market, try using some other fruit like apple, plums, banana or any fruit you have at home. After all, CFK(my opninion) is all about healthy and fun cooking for kids.

Strawberry - 10
Chocolate chip - 1/2 cup
Almonds - 10
Milk - 1/4 cup

1. Wash the strawberries gently in a colander and immediately wipe it with a tissue paper. Make sure not to remove the stems while washing, as exposure to water will affect the texture and flavor. Alternatively, use a wet tissue paper to wipe the strawberries.
Note: Strawberries should be removed from the fridge an hour before use. This makes glazing easier and the flavor of strawberries are best at room temperature.
2. Soak the almonds in milk for 30 minutes.
3. Melt the chocolate chips on the stove, microwave or double boiler. Click here to find the details.
4. Once the chocolate chip is melted, hold the strawberry using the stem and glaze it in the chocolate evenly. Do the same with all the strawberries and place it on a greased plate.
5. Glaze the almonds in the chocolate and place it on a greased plate or parchment paper.
6. Refrigate the almonds and strawberries for 10 minutes.
7. Remove the stem off the strawberry using a knife.
8. Once the stem is removed, pierce the almond into the strawberry.
You can cut the strawberry and stuff it with the almond and put another coat of chocolate on top.
Serve it cold with icecream or by itself as a dessert.

Health Quotient:
A strawberry is a superstar when it comes to antioxidant power, says Dr. Barry Sears in his book The Top 100 Zone Foods. Also a good source of Vitamin C and packed with flavonoids. Almonds are one of the most nutritious of all the nuts. Cancer prevention, protection against cardiovascular diseases, lower cholestrol are some benefits reaped with almond consumption. As Hema mentioned, chocolate is not all that bad if taken in moderation. To know the benefits of chocolates and to know the type of fat associated with it, click here.
Hope you try this easy recipe for your kids. Im sure they'll love it. I am sending this to Hema of salt2taste.blogspot.com who is hosting CFK - chocolates and Sharmi of http://www.neivedyam.com/ who has initiated the CFK event.


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