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the eric update - day 595: odin's epicurean adventures! chocolate covered dried cherries.

cause, you know, even though odin is relatively big for a micropreemie ( he's about 25 pounds, or around the 60th percentile on very low birth weigh growth charts ), he can still benefit from us sneaking in a few extra calories here and there :-)


2 cups dried cherries
16 ounces bittersweet chocolate, tempered


it's easy! temper the chocolate so that after it has been melted, it retains its gloss and hardens again without becoming chalky and white. how do you temper? chop it into small pieces and then put it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so on high power until most of the chocolate is melted ( repeat if necessary ). use a blender or whisk or whatnot to break up the remaining lumps which will eventually melt. hopefully.

put a bit of chocolate on wax paper and check that it hardens with an even gloss to make sure it's tempered properly.

don't stand around admiring your tempering skillz because the chocolate will soon be too cool to easily coat the dried cherries. so snap to it and spread the cherries on a baking sheet and cover them with chocolate. roll them around a bit to ensure all sides are coated.

allow the chocolate to cool completely before you start gobbling them up.

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