posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 04:06 PM
Real chocolate covered cherries were pretty tricky for me, until I got the system developed...
Basically, here's the order...
1) Melt the chocolate (I found the Wilton candy melter works absolutely wonderfully). You can use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate
as you prefer. I like them all with this.
2) Using a small spoon, put about half a spoon's worth of chocolate in each mold.
3) Once all have chocolate in (about 1/2 full), use a brush to pull the chocolate up on the sides of the mold
4) When all are done, put in the freezer for 10 min.
5) Upon taking out, hold up to the light to look for any holes (the liquid center will ooze out of these, so can't have ANY).
6) If any holes, use the brush and some of the chocolate to fix, put back in the freezer for 5 min.
Usually, during this time, you're prepping the cherry center, and/or slicing cherries (if you have big cherries).
To make the center...
1) Put some confectioners sugar in a cup container
2) Pour some cherry juice in (get from the jar of maraschino cherries)
3) Mix until you have a thick but runny consistency, to where it slowly runs off the spoon.
1) Remove molds from freezer
2) Put the cherry (or sliced cherry) in each mold
3) Use the spoon to put center liquid in, all around the cherry, and slightly covering it
4) Once done with all, put in the freezer for 5 min.
1) Use the spoon, again, about half full, to cap each mold with chocolate. Be sure to not have a bulge in the center, top should be smooth.
2) Freeze for 10 min
3) Remove molds from freezer
4) Drop molds onto a firm table (lined with wax paper), to where you can lift up the mold, leaving the chocolate covered cherries on the wax paper
5) May have to drop a few times to get all of them out.
Let them get to room temperature before eating (or they will be pretty hard).
Like I said, complex as hell, but so, so worth it. I can't even store-bought ones, but these are delicious. I make them for Thanksgiving and
Christmas, and occasionally as an impressive thing to bring to parties.