Released just in time for the holiday season, Maggie Battista’s Food Gift Love is filled with vintage fair and comforting treats to share. Complete with gift packaging ideas and pictures of each recipe, Eat Boutique’s foundress has written a complete food gifting resource to ensure you have a everything you need all in one cookbook!
For my first foray into the world of Food Gift Love, I picked Maggie’s Chocolate Dipped Spoons recipe. Although MizMaggieB suggests inexpensive antique teaspoons for her recipe, and I have to admit vintage always photographs beautifully so I can only imagine that they would gift beautifully as well, I opted to go one step further into the utilitarian kitchen selecting a cute set of shallow spoon-shaped measuring spoons!
And therein lies the great thing about Food Gift Love! So many choices, all yielding beautiful food gifts. What’s your flavor? Dark Chocolate? Milk Chocolate? Would you design a package around vintage beauty or would you lovingly dip a cooking icon’s measuring spoons in chocolate including a ribbon wrapped copy of MizMaggieB’s cookbook? Either way, you can’t go wrong!
- 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
- 3-6 small spoons
- Mini Double Boiler
- Because you are working with chocolate, make sure your workspace and utensils are clean. Place a piece of parchment paper on a plate and set in the refrigerator to chill until you are ready for it!
- For the Mini Double Boiler, bring a small amount of water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Set a small glass mixing bowl on top of the pan ensuring the bubbling water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
- Once the water is boiling, add 1 tablespoon of dark chocolate chips to the bowl, stirring constantly until melted. Next add 1/2 tablespoon of dark chocolate to the melted chocolate continuing stir. Repeat once more for a total of 2 tablespoons of melted chocolate.
- Remove the glass bowl from the heat and stir in the final 1 tablespoon of dark chocolate chips (this is called tempering the chocolate!). Keep stirring until the chocolate is completely melted, smooth, glossy and pourable.
- Grab the plate out of the fridge. Begin dipping the spoons in the melted chocolate, tapping to remove any excess chocolate. Gently set the spoons on the parchment topped plate. Continue dipping the spoons until all are a beautiful glossy chocolate color. Chill the spoons for 1 hour in the refrigerator or until the chocolate is set.
- MizMaggieB suggests storing the spoons for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Serving suggestions include stirring the spoons in coffee, espresso, cocoa or even a creamy bowl of your favorite ice cream. Mmmm!
- This recipe halves beautifully for smaller spoons!