Chocolate-Dipped Fall Fruit

At this point in the Fall season we’ve been on 3 hayrides, gone apple, pear and pumpkin picking, carved our jack o’ lanterns, and baked just about half a dozen pies.  Yet, somehow, despite all the snacking that goes on in our house, we still have more apples and pears than we know what to do with.  Don’t get me wrong, I love having fresh fruit around, especially when it’s in season and we’ve picked it ourselves, but, it’s nice to have a new idea for what do with it all.  If you’re looking for a fun afternoon activity to do with your kids (and a way to get them to eat up more of all that fruit), try this recipe for Chocolate-Dipped Fall Fruit.


You will need:

  • Any assortment of Fall fruit
  • 10 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ stick butter, cut in pieces
  • 1 ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ tablespoons corn syrup
  • Toppings of your choice such as chopped walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, or small candy pieces.

 

Mamas Helpful Tip: Start by selecting some nice-looking and evenly shaped apples, pears, or whatever else you have on hand.  Wash and thoroughly dry each piece of fruit with a dish-towel.

 

  1. Place the chocolate, butter, heavy cream and corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave on low, stopping every 30 seconds to stir, until melted.  Stir well to combine, then set aside.
  2. Set up a parchment lined sheet pan.
  3. One at a time, dip the bottom two-thirds of each piece of fruit into the chocolate, allow excess to drip off, then place on parchment to become soft-set (about 5 minutes).
  4. Next, have your kids help you to sprinkle (or carefully dip) each piece of fruit into a different topping.  My son liked pressing white chocolate chips into his pear to make, as he calls them, “pooka-dots.”

 

Mamas Helpful Tip: Little hands will have an easier time pressing on toppings rather than dipping.

 

Allow chocolate to fully set for at least 15 minutes.  To speed things along, chill for a few minutes in the refrigerator.  Chocolate will be dry to the touch, but still soft when bitten.

 

Vivian Cardinale