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Tuxedo Chocolate Prunes and Apricots
Just the right, light sweet finish to a meal. These jewels also make a festive homemade gift. Be sure to use baking chocolate NOT chocolate chips (white or dark).
Equipment: Cookie sheet Wax paper 1 or 2 double boilers (or make-shift with 4 pans)
Ingredients: ½ cup chopped white chocolate 2 dozen small or 18 large prunes ½ cup chopped dark baking chocolate 2 dozen dried apricots
For garnish: 18-24 dried cranberries 24 white chocolate chips
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside. Put water in a pan and heat to simmer. Place a smaller pan inside the first one so that it rests on the water. Put white chocolate into the pan and stir slowly until it melts. Remove from heat and quickly dip half of each prune in the chocolate. Place it on the cookie sheet. Garnish with one dried cranberry.
Repeat the process by heating almost all of the dark chocolate. Once it is melted remove from heat, let cool slightly and stir in remaining chocolate. Stir until it melts, this will keep the chocolate from looking streaky once it has set. Dip apricots and garnish with a single white chocolate chip.
Allow chocolate to set. This will take up to 2 hours at room temperature and about 45 minutes in the refrigerator.
Store in sealed container in the refrigerator or a cool storage area.
Preparation time: 20 minutes to make, 2 hours to set Makes 4 dozen fruit pieces