Learn how to make tuxedo strawberries here! Whether getting married or just having your own little Valentine's Day, these berries are perfect for you!
Aren't they cute?!
If you're learning how to make chocolate-covered strawberries, this is a really nice first project. It's a nice white chocolate-covered strawberries recipe, too. (Actually, it's technically a chocolate-dipped recipe, though. Haha!)
(Note: As with any other fresh strawberry dish, tuxedo strawberries spoil fairly quickly, so they should be refrigerated, and eaten within a day or two of when they are made.)
The first thing to do is to prepare the strawberries. You should leave the
calyx (or "hull")
leaves on the strawberry, but remove the bad spots. Then rinse the berries well (be careful on each berry to thoroughly rinse the calyx and the area of the berry that's under the calyx) and dry them completely (very important) on parchment or wax paper that has been spread out on something like a cookie sheet. Select only those strawberries whose shape is still nice, and which did not have bad spots on the calyx end of the berry, for making into tuxedo strawberries (this end of the berry will not be covered with chocolate).
The leaves of the calyx may be a bit larger than you'd like, so you may want to make a thoughtful thinning-out of those leaves. Here's a picture of a strawberry with leaves that are too large:
and here's what the same strawberry looks like after having it's leaves judiciously thinned:
After the strawberries have been prepped, place the berries, paper and cookie sheet (or whatever you might be using) into the refrigerator to cool for about 15 minutes.
Next, melt the white chocolate first. Heat the chocolate just enough to melt it, as this will allow it to re-harden onto the strawberries more quickly. Then remove the strawberries from the refrigerator and place the cookie sheet (or whatever) of berries next to the chocolate.
Holding a strawberry by its leafy calyx end, dip the other end about 2/3 of the berry's length into the white chocolate (be careful not to get your fingers into the hot chocolate!). Remove the berry from the chocolate and allow the chocolate to drain off the berry until the flow almost stops, then return the berry to the parchment paper. Repeat this with all of the berries.
Half of the tuxedo strawberries will get a "bridal gown" treatment, so they should be finished next, while the white chocolate is still melted. One nice touch is simply to dip a toothpick into the white chocolate and use it to "draw" white chocolate semi-circles around the top of the "bridal gown", as seen here:
After decorating in this way, re-dip each of the "bridal gown" strawberries to the bottom of the semi-circles, being careful not to dip the berries too far--you don't want to coat over the lines you just drew! You only want to "clean up" the bottoms of the semi-circles. Again, be careful not to burn yourself with the hot chocolate.
When you remove the berries from the chocolate on this second dipping, allow the chocolate to drain off the berry again as you remove it, but not so completely as on the first dip: carefully leave a bit of melted chocolate on the berry. Then, as you return the berry to the parchment paper, hold the berry upright, and allow the remaining melted chocolate to run down the berry and onto the parchment, forming a small pool of chocolate around the tip of the berry.
Continue holding the berry upright until the chocolate hardens (which should not take long, if the temperature of the chocolate is barely above the melting temperature). This will allow your "bride" berries to stand upright.
Many people make their "bridal lace" by laying down criss-crossing lines of additional white chocolate over the berry. These berries are ready for such "lacing" at this point, if you wish to add more.
After finishing the "bridal gown" strawberries, it's time to turn to the actual "tuxedo" berries (if the berries are warm, you may want to return them to the refrigerator for another 10-15 minutes). Melt either milk or dark chocolate, whichever you prefer.
Really dark chocolate comes closer to the black of a tuxedo, but taste is also important, of course. Alternatively, you could add some oil-based black food coloring to the chocolate (even white chocolate!) to make it truly black. Again, heat the chocolate just enough to melt it so that it will re-harden on the berries faster.
When the chocolate has melted, hold a strawberry by its leafy calyx end and dip only the side of the other end of the berry into the chocolate (once more, be careful not to get your fingers into the hot chocolate!). Now turn the berry in the chocolate so that first its back, and then its other side are dipped in the chocolate, leaving a small triangle of white chocolate exposed on the front of the berry.
Remove the berry from the chocolate, allowing the chocolate to drain slightly (but not too much) and again place the chocolate-dipped end of the strawberry against the parchment while holding the berry upright. This will again permit a small amount of chocolate to pool and harden at the tip of the berry so that it will also be able to stand alone, just as the "bridal gown" berries before.
If you prefer, both the "bridal" and "tuxedo" strawberries can also be made without "flat spots" by carefully using a needle to put a piece of thread through each strawberry's calyx (or, even better, it's peduncle, if it still has one: most store-bought berries don't). The thread is used to suspend the strawberry while the chocolate hardens. This tip is of limited value, since the chocolate should harden very quickly anyway if you just hold the fruit upright with your hand.
All that remains is to add a "bowtie" for these tuxedo strawberries (and little black dot "buttons", if you wish). This can be "drawn" on the berry in chocolate using a toothpick. Another option is to use food coloring markers, as was done here (if you can't find a black food coloring marker, you can simply draw the "bowtie" (and "buttons") first with a red marker, and then draw over the red with a green marker... the red and green together will make the drawings black).
A nice, edible wedding cake topper for a couple that wants something a little different? Or maybe on the guests' tables at the wedding dinner? Perhaps something to share on a wedding anniversary, or Valentine's Day? With some different food coloring, it might even be fun for prom! With a little imagination, tuxedo strawberries can add a special touch to many occasions!
By the way, if you are having an outdoor wedding soon, then you might be able to find some other useful information by visiting this site:
(clicking on the preceding link will open this page in a new window).
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