The meal chocolate almost always manages to convert into dessert is breakfast. Given that most of our morning meals in the Western world are already on the sweeter side of things (I'm talking to you, breakfast food aisle), the addition of sweet chocolate often just ratchets up the saccharine notes. Think about it - chocolate chip pancakes and waffles, Nutella crepes and muffins are essentially staples on every diner menu, and even Cheerios and oatmeal are being given the cocoa (and sugar) kiss. While nobody is claiming they're the best way to start the day, they are arguably some of the most decadent ways! Now, I love my chocolate and sugar as much as the next girl, but I'd rather not blow up to 1200 calories in a single meal. Instead, I hearkened back to the original chocolate delight - the enrobed strawberry - and created this simple confiture to spread on seedy whole grain bread! The secret to making this jam taste downright sinful next to it's peers on the shelf is the best quality chocolate you can find - I went for Callebaut's bittersweet couverture chocolate callets - and adding a scoop of cacao nibs to cut the sweetness inherent in a pectin-free spread. Thick, but not "jellied", it nicely falls into the crevices of an artisan loaf or English muffin, but I wouldn't hesitate to smear it on whatever I had handy!
Chocolate - Covered Strawberry Jam
Adapted from Chez Mummy
Makes ~18 fl. oz, 36 (1 tbsp) servings
2 cups chopped strawberries
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 oz chopped bittersweet couverture chocolate
3 tbsp cacao nibs (optional)
- Place strawberries into a saucepan with the sugar and lemon juice and gently heat, while stirring, until the sugar has dissolved.
- Increase heat and bring to a low boil, stirring often, until the temperature reaches 220°F on a candy thermometer.
- Remove from the heat and cool 3 minutes.
- Stir the chopped chocolate and cacao nibs into the strawberry mixture. The chocolate should melt into the mixture.
- Can 15 minutes in a waterbath.
Total Fat: 1.1 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 1.6 mg
Total Carbs: 10.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.3 g
Protein: 0.3 g
Have more (or less) of an ingredient? Try my (more or less) fail-safe formula for this jam - it scales by weight, not volume, so is more accurate when going up or down:
1 part strawberries
.75 parts granulated sugar
.03 parts lemon juice
.17 parts chopped bittersweet chocolate
.09 parts cacao nibs (optional)
Follow the same procedure described above and enjoy!