Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chocolate Covered Clementines

Chocolate Covered Clementines

Winter brings a bounty of citrus. My favorite being clementines. While living in Spain last winter, one night we did a chocolate fondue with fresh fruits as a special treat. It proved to be very indulgent, fun, yet healthy. The clementines with chocolate revealed to be a much loved combination. Upon returning home, to the US, chocolate covered clementines became one of my go to simple and healthy desserts for entertaining. Fun finger food. Clementines work so well since the thin membrane keeps the segment contained, and not water down the thick chocolate ganache dip. This time of year, we are all looking for ways to cut down on the heavy desserts and eat lighter. By using fresh fruit and not adding any sugar, makes this treat a healthier choice. And with only three ingredients, this treat is super easy to make.

Ingredients:

4-6 clementines, peeled, cleaned, segmented, dry
300 grams (1 ½ cup) chocolate chips, semi-sweet
100 grams (1/2 cup) heavy cream

Directions:

Put the chocolate chips into a small/medium microwave safe bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the cream until boiling. Meanwhile, microwave the chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Immediately pour the boiling cream on to the chocolate chips. With a silicone spatula, constantly stir until it becomes smooth. Use care to not stir too vigorously, thus adding air. Make sure there are no clumps or bubbles. Thereafter, dip each clementine segment into the chocolate ganache. Use care to not coat the segments too thickly. Put each dipped segment onto wax paper or parchment. Allow to set at room temperature for serving within a couple of hours. Alternatively, place in the fridge if you prefer it colder, or plan on serving beyond two hours. Arrange on platter for serving.


-Erin Swing
The Sensitive Epicure

2 comments:

Intuitive Eggplant said...

Love the idea of pairing clementines and chocolate, and this is a simple preparation. I seem to feel in need of a citrus fix during this snowy January, and this sounds like a happy and reasonably healthy antidote to winter blues. Although I might have difficulty restraining myself eating the whole batch myself :)

Lisa said...

This sounds like a fantastic way to enjoy this fruit. Chocolate in my opinion makes everything better. I have a linky party on my blog every week called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up.