Friday, February 14, 2014

Bonus Mission: Episode 6

Chocolate Covered Delta Shields (Strawberries)

Step One:
Purchase large strawberries and yellow-colored chocolate melting morsels. 

Step Two:
Cut off the stems and slice the strawberries in half. Also, cut off part of the strawberry on an angle to fit the two halves into a delta shield shape.

Step Three:
Use a toothpick to hold the two halves together to create the delta shield.

Step Four:
Dry the strawberries with a paper towel while you melt your chocolate. To melt the chocolate, fill a medium saucepan with a few inches of water and bring the water to a simmer on medium heat. Set your bowl (heat safe, of course) over the water to melt. Keep stirring it until smooth. You can also use a microwave to do this by heating the chocolate on half power for a minute or so.

Step Five:
Place the strawberries on an elevated rack with a paper towel or foil underneath to catch the excess. Remove your toothpicks. Spread a thin later of the melted chocolate onto the strawberries. If your chocolate seems too thick, you can stir in a little bit of oil.

Step Six:
Using a tube of black Wilton Sparkle Gel (or red if you so desire) to add a star or heart to your delta shield for added detail (this step is optional). If you use this product, make sure you give it plenty of drying time before transporting your strawberries.

Jumja Sticks:
I also found this amazing Tumblr called Food Replicator, where this Australian Star Trek fan makes real-world versions of Trek food. Their tag line is, "set phasers to yum." I love it! Since we mention this Bajoran treat in our episode, here's a link to their jumja sticks recipe.

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