Cooking and baking with chocolate can be difficult. Knowing how to prepare chocolate for a recipe can make or break your dish.
One of the most difficult things to do is melt chocolate.
How to melt chocolate
- Make sure the chocolate is chopped into fine pieces about the same size so that it melts evenly.
- Do not mix water, even the tiniest droplet, with the melting chocolate. This can cause the chocolate to become grainy.
- If you're using a stove top, be sure to melt the chocolate on low heat. Heating solid chocolate on high heat will cause it to become grainy. You can also create a double boiler by heating a little water in a pot and placing another pot with the chocolate inside the pot with the water. Just make sure no water mixes with the chocolate.
- If you're using a microwave, heat the chocolate in short intervals (20 to 30 seconds). If your microwave can change settings, set your microwave to a lower setting so it doesn't burn the chocolate.
These tips can be applied to the thousands of recipes that use chocolate -- both sweet and savory.
Now that you know how to melt chocolate, let's get baking.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes:
- "Baking with Chocolate." Baking with Chocolate from Kraft Foods. Kraft Foods.
- Chocolate molten lava cake recipe adapted from Kraft Foods
- Chocolate cake pop recipe adapted from About.com
- Hot chocolate recipe adapted from Simply Recipes