Bump up their fruit intake with this delightful dessert
Yield
Serves 10
Prep Time
40mins
Cook Time
5mins
Difficulty Level
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These chocolate-dipped fruits are a great way to usher in decadence and sweetness post-dinner. Juicy watermelon, mandarin, cherries, strawberries, and other fruit gently plunged into smooth and creamy chocolate, deliver an unconventional pairing of the tropics and sophistication. This is an exquisite treat that can be prepared and shared with the kids, too!

Ingredients

  • 1 kg watermelon, cut into small wedges
  • 1 medium mandarin (200 g), segmented
  • 1 cup (150 g) cherries
  • 1 cup (130 g) strawberries
  • 1 medium kiwifruit (85 g), sliced
  • 8 dehydrated orange slices
  • 8 dehydrated pineapple slices

CRUNCHY ADD-ONS

  • 2 tbsps freeze-dried raspberries, crushed
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp slivered pistachios, chopped
  • 1 tbsp activated buckwheat groats
  • 2 tsps freeze-dried raspberry powder
  • 1 tsp bee pollen, optional

CHOCOLATE COATING

  • 2 tbsps coconut oil
  • ½ cup (120 g) cacao butter, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsps pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (100 g) cacao powder
01.

Place fruit on trays lined with baking paper. With a paper towel, pat watermelon dry to remove excess moisture.

02.

Place crunchy add-ons in separate small bowls.

03.

Make chocolate coating – place coconut oil and cacao butter in a medium heatproof bowl over a smaller heatproof bowl of boiling water; whisk until combined and smooth. Whisk in syrup and vanilla; remove from heat. Whisk in cacao until combined and smooth.

04.

Working in batches, beginning with the smaller fruits, dip fruit into chocolate coating; allow excess chocolate to drain off. Sprinkle with a selection of crunchy add-ons; place on tray. If chocolate starts to thicken, reheat. Refrigerate choc-dipped fruit for 15 mins or until chocolate is set.

05.

Pour any leftover chocolate coating onto a plate lined with baking paper; sprinkle with leftover crunchy add-ons. Refrigerate for 15 mins or until chocolate is set. Break into pieces and serve with the choc-dipped fruit.

TIP You can use any combination of fresh, dried and dehydrated fruit. Dried salad flowers are available online, and can also be labelled “salade de fleur”.

Photo: bauersyndication.com.au

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