Melting chocolate

Melting chocolate is a great, simple cooking skill to learn.  Melted chocolate is used in so many great tasting recipes so give it a go!   To start, I would suggest that you look for good quality chocolate with at least 70% of cocoa solids, giving the chocolate an intense flavour.  It may cost a little extra, but it’s well worth those few extra pennies.

Step by step guide to melting chocolate

  1. I find the best way is to break the chocolate into small pieces and place them into a very clean bowl.
  2. Then, place the bowl over a pan of warm water.
  3. Put a metal ring in the bottom of the pan to stop the bowl from touching the water.  Do not allow the water to boil or allow any water or steam to get into the chocolate or you may find that the chocolate will thicken.  Take your time.  We need to keep that lovely glossy appearance and flavour.
  4. Stir from time to time, using a clean spoon.
  5. When the chocolate is nearly completely melted, remove the bowl from the pan.  There should be enough heat left in the bowl to melt the remaining chocolate.  Give it a final stir and hopefully you have a bowl of lovely melted chocolate.

Why not add other ingredients to the chocolate, such as butter or cream for example, add it at the beginning so they melt together.

Melted chocolate can be a dessert in itself.  If you have bowls of fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, chunks of pineapple, pieces of banana, etc. and of course some marshmallows.  Some wooden skewers and a bowl of melted chocolate around the centre of the table where people can skewer a piece of fruit or marshmallow and dip it into the melted chocolate.  This is a great chocolate fondue.

You can buy small chocolate fountains, which are great fun.  Could there be anything more fun for a youngster’s birthday party?  But try not to think about the mess!