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How to Melt Chocolate

Fine Cooking Issue 61

Decorative drizzle: To give plain cookies or a simple cake a pretty finishing touch, scrape melted chocolate into a small heavy-duty zip-top bag, seal it, and gather the chocolate into one corner. Snip off a small bit of the tip and drizzle the chocolate onto the cookies.
Chocolate shards: Spread melted chocolate on a piece of waxed paper, roll it up, and chill until set. Then unroll the tube, breaking the chocolate into spiky shards. Watch a video to see how it’s done.
Chocolate leaves: Paint the undersides of organic leaves (lemon leaves have a nice shape) with melted chocolate and then peel the leaves away once the chocolate has set. Watch a video to see how it’s done.

Whether you’re melting chocolate for cookies, coating truffles, or a decadent chocolate sauce, you want to avoid putting it directly on the stovetop, which can cause scorching. The safest methods for melting chocolate gently are either on the stovetop over a water bath (which we find a little easier and more consistent) or in the microwave.

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