17.12.11

EASY PEASY CHOCOLATE DESSERT (with chocolate melting tip!)

I seem to have melted lots of chocolate lately.  I have melted it to make fairy wands & marshmallow teacups for birthday parties, chocolate christmas puddings, christmas bark and the odd bowl of chocolate fondue....


To make simple & basic chocolate fondue you just
 melt 250g of milk chocolate (using the method below)and then stir in 1/3 cup of cream.  

You don't need a special fondue set, any old bowl will work perfectly well.  Using forks you can dip anything you like in the chocolate.  Grissini bread sticks work beautifully, as does fruit or marshmallows.

So decadent and soooo yummy.  Lots of fun for kids too!


Now, here is the promised chocolate melting tip....

In the past I have often found melting chocolate a bit of 'hit & miss'.  Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't.  More often than not it went lumpy.  I could never get it right in the microwave even when others swore by that method.  But, with a bit of trial and error, I have found a foolproof way of melting chocolate perfectly every time.  A method no doubt well known by others, but new to me.


I like to use a double saucepan, but you could use a metal bowl on top of a saucepan.  
It looks like lots of writing, but really it's 5 quick steps written in bold print.

1. boil water in kettle (or saucepan on stove).
2. pour boiling water from kettle into saucepan until approx. one third full.
(or remove saucepan from heat if you have boiled water on stove) 
3. place top saucepan (or metal bowl) onto bottom saucepan 
(making sure it is no longer on the stove - this is the key people!).
4. Place chocolate into top saucepan (or bowl).
 I like to use melts especially designed for melting.
5. Wait for chocolate to melt.  It will happen slowly....quite a few minutes, but be patient and stir as you go if you like.  You'll think it is not working, but it is!  

What dishes do you melt chocolate for?


For more easy peasy recipes head over to the FGB easy recipes page here.

1 comment:

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oooo yummy yummy, this midnight 'snacking hour' is such a dangerous time to read these lovely recipe posts Emma ;o)
My fail-proof melting chocolate container, is actually a pyrex measuring jug, placed in a small saucepan of simmering water, on the stove. Always melts it beautifully, no lumps, no sticking! And I melt ALOT of chocolate also... seems to gravitate to those chocolatey recipes, I do :o) xo

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