March 27, 2008

How to make shaped chocolate garnishes

Shaped chocolate garnishes can be used to spruce up the visual appeal and taste of most of the desserts. Here is a tip on how to make simple chocolate art.

Place some milk chocolate or chocolate chips in the microwave for 15 seconds. Stir the chocolate. If using a small quantity, it must be melted by now. Microwave the chocolate for 10-15 sec at a time, until it is entirely melted. Take a small plastic sandwich bag and spoon the melted chocolate into a corner of the bag. Keep a piece of parchment paper ready for the chocolate pipings. Cut off the bag at the tip to make a tiny hole and pipe the desired shapes onto the paper. Keep the parchment paper on a plate and allow it to set in the freezer. When set, gently detach the shapes from the paper using a knife or an offset spatula. Use as needed.

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