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Chocolate Shavings And Curls Recipe

Photo source: Grandmother's Kitchen

This simple technique will make your desserts look extra fancy. Instructions on how to make grated chocolate, shavings and curls and it is easier than it looks. Remember, you can also easily chop any type of nut you like and create exciting looking desserts.

Ingredients

Chocolate Bars - Use good quality of at least 70%
White and milk chocolate are the easiest to work
Dark chocolate is rich and beautiful will readily curl as well once you get the technique down.

Directions

Start by placing your chocolate bar on a plate and leaving it in a warm location for about an hour to soften just a bit.

NEVER put the chocolate to warm in the in the microwave. It will destroy the texture and will not work for this process.

TOOLS

A vegetable peeler -Be sure it is dry, sharp and a little bit warm when you use it.

Aluminum Foil or Parchment Paper - This will be your working surface and where the chocolate shavings and curls will fall onto.

Airtight Container with a lid - You will be able to store the chocolate shavings and peels in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Grater - There are a variety of sizes, all of which you can use, be sure the grater is dry, sharp and a little warm with you use it.

TECHNIQUE

Vegetable Peeler.

Tear off a good size piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper and place on the counter.

20 inches is a good size.

Holding the far end of the chocolate bar, pull your peeler from the far end toward you.

You will find some pieces will curl right away, while others may break off as flecks or shavings.

Using the tip of your peeler or a wooden skewer, move your curls and flecks and shavings to the side, then dig back in for more.

The long curls you will carefully move with the wooden skewer. You do not want to touch them with your fingers as they will be delicate and the warmth of your fingers can break them. Either use the long curls right away to decorate, or you can place them in a sealed container and keep up to a week.

Grater; your choice of size.

Tear off a good size piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper and place on the counter.

20 inches is a good size.

Grate your chocolate with your selected grater. Scoop up the grated chocolate with a flat tool and either use immediately or or you can place in a sealed container and keep up to a week.

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