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Elise Strachan’s Freshly Picked Strawberry Baskets

Elise Strachan's Freshly Picked Strawberry Baskets

This freshly picked strawberry baskets recipe by our baking editor Elise Strachan from My Cupcake Addiction is the perfect special dessert.

Elise’s first tip about working with chocolate is that ‘not all chocolate is the same!’

She says in her new book Sweet! Celebrations to remember that real chocolate contains cocoa butter. ‘If it contains cocoa butter, once you melt it, it will never set up again without ‘tempering’ ( a method of stabilising chocolate). Lots of people melt ‘real’ chocolate and set it in the fridge, where is sets up perfectly well,” she adds. “But when it comes out of the fridge and starts to melt immediately – even in the cool, it’s a guaranteed disaster and a really common problem.”

She suggests you learn how to ‘temper’ chocolate by watching her My Cupcake Addiction You Tube Channel, use ‘compound’ chocolates or use candy melts.

MAKES 6 BASKETS

INGREDIENTS

  • 140 g milk compound chocolate
  • 900 g small strawberries
  • 30 g white compound chocolate
  • 6 cardboard berry baskets

METHOD

  1. Melt the milk chocolate to dipping consistency.
  2. Using the leaves as a handle, gently dip each strawberry in the milk chocolate to halfway up the berry. Place the berries onto baking parchment to set.
  3. Melt the white chocolate and use a toothpick to place small seed-size dots neatly over the strawberries.
  4. Fill the berry baskets with the chocolate-dipped strawberries.

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Image and recipe from Sweet! Celebrations by Elise Strachan (Murdoch Books $39.99)

 Check out Elise Strachan’s recipe for chocolate sprinkle ice cream, here.

Written by Elise Strachan

Elise Strachan's My Cupcake Addiction is one of the world's largest free online cake decorating schools.
My Cupcake Addiction shows you how to create gorgeous cakes, cupcakes and cake pop masterpieces from the comfort of your own home.

Baker and Pastry Chef, Elise Strachan aims to bring the art of cake decorating to all corners of the globe, and has recently launched her first cook book, Sweet! Celebrations.

With over 10 million views on Youtube each month, Elise holds the proud boast of being one of the most viewed baking channels in the world.

Elise's success is phenomenal and The Carousel is delighted to feature her recipes and tutorials as our Baking Editor & Pastry Chef.

You will love her fun, inspiring and authentic approach to baking.

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