Sunday, June 10, 2012

Black Balloon Balsamic Fruit salad with creme fraiche in chocolate bowls

This summer time recipe is a beautiful end to a sunny day. The tangy-ness of the balsamic paired with the tartness of the fruit is matched with earthy undertones of dark chocolate and creamy indulgent creme fraiche. I am sure your wondering why this is called " Black Balloon" balsamic fruit salad. That is because 1) I love the goo goo dolls 2) We are making the chocolate bowls using balloons! Sounds crazy right? Crazy fun is what it is! Perfect activity to do with friends or kids and a rather healthy alternative to desert than say chocolate cake or strawberry jello! If you are not a fan of creme fraiche you could also use whipped cream, honey greek yogurt, or vanilla ice cream... Enjoy! 

10 ounces dark chocolate ( finely chopped ) 
1/2 cup strawberries ( Sliced ) 
1 nectarine ( Grilled, and sliced into wedges ) 
1 peach ( grilled, sliced into wedges ) 
1/2 cup Raspberries 
1/2 cup black berries 
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup golden raspberries 
1 cup creme fraiche 
Balsalmic Vinegar for drizzling ( Make sure you use I high quality bottle or it will not have good flavor ) 
8 decorator balloons ( blown up ) 

In a double boiler melt chocolate until smooth. Once slightly cooled take balloons and dip into chocolate. Place balloons on wax paper and refrigerate until chocolate is hardened. While waiting for bowls to cool, grill peach and nectarine on high heat until the flesh has nice grill marks. slice into wedges and in a large mixing bowl add the rest of the fruit. Mix fruit until even distributed. Take your chocolate balloons and slowly release the air from them. Remove the balloon and you are left with a nice bowl. Add a dollop of creme fraiche, spoon your fruit on top of creme fraiche and lightly drizzle with a small amount of balsamic vinegar. Best served with a glass of champagne, a beautiful sunset, and a nice summer breeze. 

What do you like to serve in chocolate bowls? 
We would love to hear about it in the comment section! 

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