It's been a busy week around here with family activities, volunteering at school and of course some fun blog and contest experiments! There are a ton of great recipe contests going on right now and I have been working pretty hard in the kitchen to try to "score" at one of them! When you enter recipe contests there seems to be periods of great wins and times when you go "back to the drawing board (or stove)" a lot! I've been spending a lot of time at that "drawing board" lately, but I am learning tons and the creativity is flowing! I love the feeling when you submit a recipe. You press the "enter" button on your computer to submit your recipe and you are instantly hopeful! It's fun to have these little things on the side of your busy life to be hopeful and excited about!
If you ever want to try your hand at contests, I'd be happy to answer any questions! I get most of my contest intel at cookingcontestcentral.com. Kristina Vanni runs the site and she comes from a long line of cooking contest veterans. She and the site are great sources for contest information. She appeared on The Home and Family Show on The Hallmark Channel yesterday, 5/13/13, to talk about contests. She even invited me join in via Skype to chat about my Pillsbury Bake-Off experience! What an honor!! My family and I keep joking about how I look on that gigantic screen! I feel like "Tina-zilla!" LOL!
When my week is really busy and I'm pressed for time, I look for really simple dessert ideas! These 5-ingredient "Weak in the Knees Triple Dipped Strawberries" surely fit the bill!! I first experimented with the idea a few weeks ago when I was trying to come up with a twist on chocolate dipped strawberries for a ladies event I was attending. I wanted something a little naughty and a little nice and my old friends Biscoff Spread and Biscoff Cookies came to mind. I used them in my very first epicuricloud food post, Chocolate Covered Cookie Butter Balls! Biscoff Spread is a spread similar in texture to peanut butter. Now, I love peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches, so a fresh strawberry slathered in cookie spread seemed like a fine idea to me! I wasn't sure if the cookie spread would allow the melted chocolate to stick to it, but they ended up behaving very well together. For a little texture, a final dip in some Biscoff Cookie crumbs was the perfect final step. After I made this batch yesterday, I took them to our basement refrigerator to chill and figured I'd taste one on my way back upstairs. Well, I barely made it up the stairs...I was too weak in the knees! You better eat these sitting down!
5 Simple Steps:
- Melt chocolate with a little shortening
- Crumble cookies
- Slather strawberry with Biscoff Spread
- Dunk in chocolate
- Dip in cookie crumbs
Weak in the Knees Triple Dipped Strawberries Recipe:
From: Christina Verrelli
10 Biscoff Cookies (caramelized Belgian biscuits, Trader Joe's also has a version)
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
1 pound fresh strawberries, chilled
6 ounces (approx.) Biscoff Spread (or Cookie Butter, Trader Joe's version)
Line a half-sheet baking tray with waxed paper or parchment.
Crumble cookies in mini food processor or zip top bag.
Melt chocolate with shortening in double boiler. (or microwave)
Slather strawberry with Biscoff Spread.
Dunk in the melted chocolate.
Dip in the cookie crumbs.
Place on tray.
If you need to wash the strawberries before using, they must be dried very well.
I would serve these the same day.
I like to chill them just until they firm up (maybe 15 minutes) and then I put them in a cool place until I serve them.
When they are refrigerated for a long time and get fully chilled, they tend to develop condensation once they come out of the refrigerator.