Longtime Austinite Claire Keller sends along this recipe from her grandmother, who she says used to dip seasonal berries in chocolate for a special treat throughout the year.
· 1 pint medium-large strawberries
· ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips or white vanilla baking chips
· 1 teaspoon shortening or vegetable oil
Gently rinse strawberries and completely dry on paper towels. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper.
Melt chocolate chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
Dip lower half of each strawberry into chocolate mixture, allowing excess to drip back into saucepan. Place on waxed paper-lined tray or cookie sheet.
Refrigerate uncovered about 30 minutes or until chocolate is firm. Store covered in refrigerator. Serve with milk or cookies as dessert or afternoon treat.