How to Melt Chocolate For Cooking
Best way to melt chocolate for cooking effectively and the safest way of dong this in the microwave or oven:
These tips from leading chocolatiers are described below.
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Fortunately there are easier and more effective ways.
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Our first tip comes from chocolatier Anne Scott and is described in her book Auberge Du Chocolat whose full review can be read on Choc Recipes.
Anne describes how to melt chocolate for cooking for both the microwave and normal oven. Whichever method is used do cut it into equal sized small pieces to ensure they dissolve at the same rate to avoid lumps and bumps. Pellets can also be used.
Melt Chocolate in Microwave
When you melt chocolate in microwave heat for 30 seconds at a time and stir between times so that it heats evenly and gets no lumps.
When melting chocolate in the oven heat in a very low oven, Anne Scott recommends 50 degrees Celsius, for about five minutes
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