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White Chocolate-Coated Grapes with Orange Curd
© Lucy Schaeffer

White Chocolate-Coated Grapes with Orange Curd

  • ACTIVE: 35 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • MAKE-AHEAD

A fine layer of white chocolate gives both green and red grapes a creamy crunch. The orange curd dipping sauce could not be simpler; it's hard to imagine a more elegant use of the microwave.

Curd

  1. 2 cups fresh orange juice
  2. 4 large egg yolks
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces

Grapes

  1. 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  2. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  3. 1 pound green or red grapes, stemmed and chilled
  4. 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  1. In a saucepan, boil the orange juice until it's reduced to 1/3 cup, about 12 minutes. Let cool.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar. Whisk in the reduced orange juice and stir in the butter. Microwave the mixture on high power for 1 minute, until thickened. Whisk until smooth. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the curd and refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the white chocolate with the oil. Microwave for 1 minute, until the chocolate is just melted; whisk until smooth. Let cool.
  4. Dry the grapes with a towel and set them in a large bowl. Pour in the chocolate, folding to coat. Sift the confectioners' sugar on top and stir until the grapes separate; transfer to the baking sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes, until the chocolate sets. Serve the grapes in glasses with the orange curd in ramekins alongside.

Suggested Pairing

These chocolate-coated grapes make a great light dessert that pairs well with an equally light dessert wine, such as one produced with the fragrant Muscat grape variety. Try a Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise.