Thursday, February 24, 2011

Microwave Chocolate covered raisins

There are some food combination's that I find nearly irresistible. Chocolate covered raisins come under this category. Individually I love both raisins and chocolate,but when the two get combined, I cannot stop at just one. That is why every time I come across chocolate raisin packs in store aisles, I give it a lot of longing looks but exert every bit of self control and avoid buying it. I know that if I get it, I would probably end up eating it entirely :-( 

The other day when I was making this chocolate oatmeal bars, it suddenly struck me that I have never made or even thought of making chocolate raisins at home. Once that idea had taken seed, I was not able to dislodge it. Deciding to indulge a little, I made chocolate covered raisins at home and used this recipe as a reference.

The verdict.......... these choco raisins were fantastic. They definitely did not have the perfect shiny look of the store bought ones. On the other hand they did not have the slightly artificial taste or the "entirely too sweet" feel  of the ready made ones either. This tasted far more fresher and had more of a "melt in your mouth" quality that made it that much more delicious. And the best part,  this hardly takes any time or effort to make:-)

Chocolate Covered Raisins

Here is a closer look at these chocolate raisins....

Chocolate Raisins

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Ingredients and Method to make chocolate covered raisins
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels
3 tbsp white chocolate morsels
1 tbsp oil
heaped 1/2 cup plump dark raisins

Line a tray with parchment paper and keep aside.

Place both chocolate morsels in a microwave safe dish (I used a glass dish)

Pour oil on it and place in the microwave. Microwave it @ 40 percent power for 2 minutes.

Remove, stir well and place again in the microwave. Microwave @ 40 percent power for another 2 minutes and 30 seconds and or until the  chocolate has completely melted stirring every 30 seconds to a minute to make sure the chocolate does not get overheated.
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Stir the melted chocolate well, then add plump dark raisins and mix until all the raisins are coated with chocolate.

Spoon the chocolate covered raisins on the parchment lined tray making sure that there are no big clumps. Freeze this for about 10 minutes or so.

Remove, store in an airtight container and enjoy. Refrigerate the balance if any if you plan to store for a longer time.

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