Fruity desserts for chocolate lovers

By FAYE LEVY, YAKIR LEVY
February 13, 2014 15:08
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Chocolate and banana are two great things that go great together.. (photo credit: YAKIR LEVY)

 
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Desserts of chocolate with fruit are not new. Pears Belle Helene, for example, made of poached pears, chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream, is a classic combination.

Yet fruit and chocolate desserts were not common in the first half of the 20th century. In the 1950s, most people would have found the idea of pairing chocolate and fruit rather strange. When I asked a French pastry chef in Paris in the late 1970s what he thought of chocolate-dipped strawberries, which were becoming popular in the US, he said it sounded like a ridiculous idea.

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