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Baking with Chocolate

Baking and decorating with chocolate can be tricky. Read our Do's and Don'ts about baking with chocolate
Chocolate is used for baking for many different reasons:

  • To add flavour to your baking
  • To add texture as an ingredient
  • As a covering
  • To create decorations or moulding

If you are working with chocolate, there are a few tools you may want to consider investing in:
  • Whisks or beaters
  • Piping bags and nozzles
  • Palette knife
  • Marble slab- for tempering chocolate
  • Thermometer
  • Spatula
  • Vegetable peeler- perfect for making chocolate curls

Chocolate Do's and Don'ts

Do ensure all equipment to be used with melted chocolate is dry
 melt chocolate slowly, burnt chocolate will result in a poor flavour
 take extra care when melting white chocolate, as it is sensitive to burning
 store chocolate in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight

 store chocolate near strong smelling household items or foods, chocolate absorbs odours easily
 allow water, moisture or steam to come into contact with chocolate when melting- it will go lumpy, thick and unusable!

Melting Chocolate

There are 3 main ways to melt chocolate:

1. Bain Marie- This involves placing the chocolate in a dry heatproof bowl, over a pan of barely simmering water. 

2. Microwave- Melt the chocolate pieces in a dry heatproof bowl on a medium heat for 1 minute, then bursts of 20 seconds, stirring frequently.

3. Direct Heat- Only melt chocolate in a pan if you are using other liquids too, such as butter, cream or milk.

Our top tips for melting chocolate:

  • Melt chocolate slowly to avoid burning.
  • Do not allow water to come into contact with the chocolate.
  • Scraps or curls can be melted down and re-used as a covering.
  • Chopping chocolate into small pieces will help it to melt quickly and evenly.
  • Milk and white chocolate are more likely to burn, take care when melting!
  • No chocolate bars? Melt chocolate chips or chunks by placing the pack in a jug of hot water. Snip the corner off for a great drizzle!
  • If the chocolate begins to thicken when melting, add a small amount of vegetable oil.
  • Good quality baking chocolate will give a much better flavour and a nice glossy finish.

Check out our great Recipes for Baking with Kids