There’s something wonderful, like a little flavor explosion, that happens when you first bite into something chocolate. And, the more chocolate, the bigger the explosion. Tell the truth, right now you’re thinking about the last time you had chocolate and how great it was, aren’t you?
Recently, I was asked to re-create a chocolate cake I had made for friends during the holidays. It was a chocolate chip cake with chocolate sour cream frosting. It’s really chocolatey and just divalicious; but it needed a little something to make it extra special. So, I decided to make chocolate curls…
In the past, making chocolate curls with a vegetable peeler* was “easy breezy,” but not this time. As usual, I used a good bar of chocolate that I slightly warmed in the microwave, so I’d get long beautiful curls. As you can see, I didn’t get curls I got shavings (not really what I wanted).
Here’s how I did it:
Ingredients/Equipment: Chocolate, Marble Slab, Chef’s Knife
Melt a cup of chocolate (chips or a bar chopped into chunks) on medium for 1 minute. Stir and repeat for thirty seconds at a time until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate onto a marble slab and spread thick or thin depending on the size of the curls you want to make. If you don’t have a marble slab, I highly recommend you get one, it’s great for this project as well as rolling out dough for pastries. Absent a marble slab, pour the melted chocolate on an inverted cookie sheet. Let the chocolate harden. Chill it in the refrigerator or freezer if you’re in hurry.
The size of your curls depends on how wide you spread the chocolate and how far you push the knife. Repeat this process as many times as you need in order to get as many curls as you need.
Note: the curls will be delicate and quickly melt to the touch, so be careful placing them on your cake/dessert.
Give this technique a try, it’s sure to make your desserts divalicious.