Chocolate Cherry Cordials
ready in: over 5 hrs
recipe id: 14067
cook method: stovetop
60 maraschino cherries with stems (are about 30 cherries in a 10 ounce jar)
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 pound dipping chocolate or confectioners' coating
Drain cherries thoroughly on sheets of paper toweling (several hours or, preferably, overnight). In a small bowl, combine softened butter and corn syrup.
Stir in sifted confectioners' sugar. Knead mixture until smooth. If mixture is too soft to handle, put it in the refrigerator to chill well. Shape about 1/2 teaspoon of the confectioners' sugar mixture around each cherry.
Place the coated cherries upright on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper or parchment paper. Chill until firm.
Melt chocolate or confectioners' coating according to package directions. Holding cherries by the stem, dip one at a time into the chocolate. Spoon chocolate over the cherries to coat. Be sure to completely seal the cherries, otherwise the cherry juice may leak out after the chocolate has set. Let excess chocolate drip off cherries.
Place the dipped cherries stem side up on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Chill until chocolate is firm.
Place the candies in a tightly covered container. Let stand in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks before serving. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.
Liqueur Cherries: Follow general directions, except reserve 1-1/4 cups of the drained cherry liquid in a small saucepan. Bring it to boiling. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup amaretto or creme de cacao; stir in cherries. the saucepan and let stand overnight. Remove cherries from syrup and drain well. Then place on paper towels to drain and dry. Continue with directions.
No matter what anyone tries to tell you, candymaking is an enviable art and requires a certain amount of skill and a candy thermometer. If you're lacking in any of those categories but you still want to try your hand at candy, then consider chocolate-covered cherries. But not the 99-cents-a-box chocolate-covered cherries that you find everywhere at this time of the year.
We're talking about really good candy -- plump red cherries with liquid cordial centers and rich chocolate coating. For a non-traditional look, use white chocolate instead of dark. But you might want to make both after you discover how easy these candies are to do. But make them soon; the candies need to ripen at least a week in order for the center to soften and liquefy.
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