Friday, June 7, 2013

FFWD ~ Strawberry Tartine and Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

FFWD Strawberry Tartine drizzled with my homemade Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

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Months ago, I made a marvelous chocolate balsamic vinegar. I found the recipe online at The Kitchn. I had plans to give it as gifts for Christmas. While I was making those little bottles of Chocolate Balsamic vinegar, I kept thinking of summer.  Using it on fresh strawberries, peaches, tomatoes, watermelon or whatever! Yea baby!  Somehow, my bottle sat in my fridge for several months, being used for a few very minor things. This vinegar came out quite well.  I made it in the dead of winter, and was waiting for strawberry season to begin. Then I would break out that bottle from my fridge, where it has been patiently waiting.  This was the week!

The simplest of things
Our recipe or, non recipe s'il vous plaît, for this weeks French Friday is a delicious Strawberry Tartine.  A Tartine is traditionally an open faced sandwich.  This was another easy and non complicated FF recipe. I was in the middle of baking my Savarin, and it was quite nice to take a break, and have this lovely Tartine for lunch.  The recipe called for French bread sliced, and spread with goat cheese. I toasted mine. Then slice up several strawberries and arrange them on top of the cheese. This is were my Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar came in.  I drizzled the Tartine with the vinegar and ended with a turn of cracked black pepper.  Sometimes the simplest things in life are the best!  Like sunsets at the beach, birds singing their songs to wake you, a child’s laughter! This was one of them! 
Happy Friday everyone!  

 Quite wonderful for a lovely lunch on the deck
A bright sunny day, sitting outside, enjoying this wonderful Tartine…life is good!
Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

If your interested in making your own Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar here’s the recipe from The Kitchn.  

Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar
Yields 16 fl. oz., or (4) 4 oz. gift bottles
For the balsamic vinegar (yields 1 cup)
2 cups balsamic vinegar
For the chocolate syrup (yields 1 cup)
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the balsamic vinegar
Reduce the vinegar by half (from 2 cups to 1 cup) over low heat. This will take approximately 20 minutes, stirring often. The vinegar will thicken and coat its pan. Set aside to cool once reduced. If you start with a better balsamic vinegar, you can skip this step and simply use 1 cup of balsamic straight from the bottle.
For the chocolate syrup
Dissolve sugar and salt into water. Bring to a boil in a small sauce pan. Reduce the heat to low and add cocoa, stirring until a syrup begins to thicken. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Set aside to cool.
Once completely cooled, mix the vinegar and chocolate syrup thoroughly and divide among four 4 oz. sterile glass bottles. I corked the bottles shut and hand-printed labels on adhesive strips to stick on over the top of each bottle for gift-giving.
 While I was enjoying my tartine,  I saw this sweet little fawn hiding in the tall grass at the edge of my woods…simple pleasures!


  1. wow! Chocolate balsamic and such cute little bottles;-)
    Your crostinis must have been amazingly delicious!!!

    I switched over to Bloglovin! and like it immensely -Google reader who?
    Happy weekend Kathy ;-)

  2. I'm so impressed by your chocolate balsamic! And, I love your fawn, too.

    Thanks for the note on Bloglovin - I will plagarize for my blog!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  3. Okay, Wow. I would not have thought to make my own balsamic and I have a reputation in my house for being pretty much crazy enough to try making anything :-) Love it!

  4., you know I'm not onboard with that chocolate bit so I'll just pretend it is not chocolate and let all your chocolate-loving friends ooh and ahh over it! ;-) I switched to The Old Reader and it was easy and painless, I'll put a couple in at Bloglovin and see which one I like better. Thanks.

  5. Well, I´m looking at that bottle and its wonderful liquid inside Kathy! It´s the kind of thing I will make. And maybe use with the strawberry tartines next summer.

  6. Another type of balsamic vinegar I never heard of chocolate. How magnificant. Absolutely perfect for this tartine.

  7. Kathy, these must have tasted amazing with your chocolate balsamic. I hope to make a batch soon...thanks for the recipe!

  8. Oh, that chocolate balsamic sounds (and looks) so good! I might have to make some, since it's finally strawberry season here.

  9. Chocolate balsamic vinegar?? On strawberries?? You definitely got me drooling!!

  10. There is a store close to my house that sells specialty olive oils and vinegars, including chocolate. I thought about using that for this recipe, but opted for a fig vinegar that I reduced to a syrup. Delicious! I'll have to try the chocolate next time, as yours look great!

  11. I really love this idea of chocolate balsamic. And I can't believe how lovely it must have been to make your own for this fantastic treat. Great job!

  12. Chocolate balsamic looks utterly wonderful :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. The tartine look mouthwatering, Kathy. But.. your chocolate balsamic dressing has stolen the whole show...I love the stuff.

  14. Chocolate balsamic vinegar -- how have I not heard of this before?! It looks scrumptious on your strawberry dessert :)

  15. Kathy, beautiful ripe strawberry slices on top of your wonderful tartines - so nice that everyone seemed to have enjoyed this simple recipe so very much! And your recipe for chocolate balsamic vinegar sounds like a terrific recipe - when I scanned the shelves in my favorite "fancy food" store last week, I noticed chocolate balsamic and was fascinated, must be wonderful with these lovely strawberries! Certainly a recipe to remember!
    Have a good Sunday!

  16. Great post today Kathy. And I so agree. I have loved learning the more difficult recipes in Dorie's book, but these easy ones hold a special place in my heart and are likely the ones that I will repeat most often in the future. Your chocolate balsamic sounds like a delicious addition. Have fun with it this summer.

  17. Hope you're having a fabulous weekend, Kathy. I love the notion of drizzling Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar on strawberries. Ooooo, la, la...

    Thanks for sharing...

  18. Wow- you had a great day indeed..I can't believe you even had that little fawn peeking over ! The simple things indeed. Gosh we loved this one and my guys could not believe that this combo tasted this amazing- we gobbled them down and I made myself more for lunch the following day. But now I want some chocolate balsamic too - so glad you included the recipe THANK YOU !!!!

  19. What a lovely treat. And your picture of the fawn is incredible. Lucky you!

  20. Chocolate balsamic vinegar - oh, wow, that's way too good! Love it. And that fawn is adorable. Deer are not wild animals here, and I am a city slicker, so I would never see anything that gorgeous outside my window.

  21. Wow, merci mille fois for the chocolate basalmic recipe from The Kitchn (I subscribe to the link also) which I obviously missed. Did you actually give it for Christmas or did you keep that chocolate nectar all to yourself? This was a glorious but very easy treat. Yours looks beautiful. This is the first opportunity I've had to look at your Post so I just saw the photo of the fawn. You've had quite a week with the bears and the fawn. You obviously have a animal-friendly environment where these wonderful creatures feel comfortable.

    1. Mary, we live in a rural area…and the animals love it here. I am constantly battling the deer over my flowers. Last year, while we were away, they ate all my English ivy. I had it for years, and wanted to cut it back anyway, but they didn’t leave anything. They are gorgeous animals, but a real pain!
      I did give a bottle to my daughter, but by the time Christmas rolled around I forgot they were in my fridge. Oh well, more for me!

  22. I love the combination of flavors Kathy and the tartines are just the right thing for this time of season!

  23. The chocolate balsamic sounds like the perfect thing. Good thing you forgot to give it away! Ha! I hope the sweet fawn and her parents aren't eating too much of your garden... I really liked this one too. I can't wait until local strawberries are in season here to try it again.

  24. I have never heard of chocolate balsamic vinegar! Sounds awesome!!!

  25. Im totally going to need to make myself some of that chocolate balsamic!! what a fun visitor too!