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What is the best way to melt chocolate?

Sometimes when I melt chocolate in a double boiler it will turn grainy, and melting in a microwave often burns it. What is the best way to melt chocolate to get good, smooth results?
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Holes in baked cake

I baked a chocolate and pear cake whose batter is made with yolks, sugar, butter, melted chocolate and amaretti, flour and baking powder and whisked whites. It was (not very evenly) divided in two ...
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How to make chocolate mousse that will set?

I have experimented with chocolate mousse lately. I use a recipe I think is taken from Ferran Adria. It consists of 120 mL cream 125g 60%+ chocolate 4 egg whites I heat the cream, and pour it over ...
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From elastic to fragile chocolate

I tried to make a homemade chocolate by mixing coco powder (5 teaspoon) milk powder (3/4 cup) butter (1/4 cup) sugar syrap (1/4 cup sugar) [to completely dissolve the sugar particles] the resulting ...
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How to substitute unsweetened baker's chocolate for powdered cocoa

My friend would like to make a chocolate cake using this recipe: HERSHEY'S "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" Chocolate Cake They'd like to use baker's chocolate squares in place of the powdered cocoa. Is this ...
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How to make homemade ice cream with a chocolate swirl

My favorite ice cream flavor has swirls of gooey chocolate running through vanilla ice cream. What do I have to do to reproduce this effect with homemade ice cream? I tried adding chocolate sauce ...
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Test if whitish chocolate has bloom or is spoiled

My friend (who lives in a warm, humid climate) often has issues with chocolate, due to the formation of a light-colored coating on it. I believe it is just chocolate bloom, but she thinks it's mold ...
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Storing chocolate at home in the summer

In the summer while I'm at work I'd like to set the temperature of my small apartment higher--roughly 83 degrees as per US department of energy recommendations. I'm planning on keeping it between ...
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Cake in homemade chocolates

I have added some cake pieces and cherries to homemade chocolates. Can I keep them for 5-10 days? Since the cake and cherries are in chocolate, will they last for a longer time?
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Separated, grainy ganache (Dark and Stormies from Grewelings's book)

I tried making "Dark and Stormies" out of Greweling's book (Chocolate and Confections). The center is a white chocolate ganache infused with vanilla and ginger and with rum. Both times I tried it, the ...
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How to thin chocolate for dipping

How do you make chocolate thin enough to dip strawberries? If I make it thin enough to dip (with butter) will that affect allowing it to set-up and harden? I saw another question about the thickness ...
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What savory flavors would pair well with chocolate pasta?

I want to experiment with making savory homemade pasta with cocoa powder. I think the earthy flavor and dark color will be striking. I have been thinking about what kinds of flavors could be used for ...
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Who Provides Sugar free chocolate? [closed]

My grandfather loves chocolate so much but he has a diebites so i want to buy a sygar free chocolate for him so anyone tell me from where i can buy it.
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Lighter texture for chocolate pie

I've used the recipe below to make chocolate pie a few times recently: 1 c heavy cream 1/2 milk 8-10 oz chocolate 2 tbsp sugar pinch salt 2 eggs Heat the milk/cream over low ...
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Can I substitute chocolate chips for cocoa powder in my frosting?

I just ran out of cocoa while making a cookie sheet cake. Had enough for the cake, but not for the frosting. Can I substitute chocolate chips?
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Chocolate mousse - methods to have firm foamy mousse using white egg and cream

I am working on a multilayer chocolate mousse but is kind of hard for me as some recipe suggested me that I should use the white part of the egg and others suggest me to use double cream. I would ...
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Solutions for when heating chocolate and butter doesn't mix well

Yesterday I tried to make brownies that started out with me having to melt unsweetened chocolate with butter in a frying pan on the stove. This did not work well. The chocolate kindof mixed with the ...
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How to make a chocolate fudge/syrup sauce that does not freeze?

I'm looking for a good recipe to make a chocolate fudge/syrup style sauce that will not freeze solid when placed in the freezer, but rather retain its "liquid" consistency. It does not need to be ...
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How can I make a chocolate syrup that can be frozen? [duplicate]

I am looking to make a chocolate syrup without eggs, that freezes well.
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Is it possible to make fudgy brownies without oil?

What can I substitute for oil in brownies and still get fudgy brownies? I've tried yogurt and sour cream (individually) and only replacing half the oil with one of those, but the brownies always end ...
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Can I increase the cocoa content in fudge?

I've been using a standard fudge recipe that works great, and yet I only wish was that it was even more chocolatey, with more cocoa taste. If it was less sweet that would be fine, too. Can I ...
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Do all varieties of cocoa naturally taste bitter?

Very simple question. I bought some roasted cocoa seeds and tasted them, they have a slight "bitter" flavour and not "sweet" as I imagined when I was a kid. Now, chocolate is made by adding sugar to ...
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shelf life for chocolate chips

Have some semi-sweet chocolate chips. Been in a bag inside a plastic container in a cupboard for 2 years but expiration date on the bag says that's one year too many. What's the shelf life for ...
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Peeling cupcake liner from chocolate mold

I am trying a new recipe that creates a chocolate mold by brushing chocolate inside a cupcake container. The challenge now is to get the paper off the chocolate mold. It seems to be sticking to the ...
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Can grocery store chocolate be used as chocolate coating?

Suppose I want to coat a random object in chocolate. (Because, let's face it, why would you not want to do this??) Can I simply buy my favorite brand of chocolate, melt it, and pour it over stuff ...
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Chocolate-Flavored Cheese

Would it be feasible to make a chocolate-flavored cheese? The idea that originally occurred to me was the use of chocolate milk for this purpose, but I'm not sure that's the best solution. Does this ...
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How to prevent “sweating” chocolate covered strawberries?

Last year for Valentines day, I decided I was going to be romantic and make some chocolate covered strawberries for someone special. I melted and tempered some milk chocolate. Then dipped the washed ...
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How can I make this cool chocolate shape?

I've fallen in love with this picture. I am wondering how I can make the white chocolate layer. My guesses are: option A: use a bottle and "pour" melted white chocolate above it -- downside: ? ...
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What should be understood by “refrigerate until firm, 2 hours or overnight”?

The cookie recipe asks for: 1½ cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1¼ teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 ...
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Tempering chocolate without a thermometer

Is it possible to successfully temper the chocolate without a thermometer? I'm sure it's quite important but since it's so difficult to find one in my country and since I don't make chocolate so often ...
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How do you determine whether a chocolate is sweet or semisweet?

A chocolate gingerbread cookie recipe asks for: 7 ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate The chocolates I can get hold of are: 1. ...
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How will less flour affect molten lava cakes?

I made some molten cakes the other day, using this recipe from Betty Crocker. However, it is very "cakey." The molten cakes I've had before in restaurants have had more of a "truffle" consistency. ...
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What can replace coconut oil in a chocolate cookie coating?

For cookies I cover in chocolate I usually use add coconut oil to the liquefying chocolate to get a smooth mass. However, here it is really hard to get and even big supermarkets usually don't have it. ...
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Make chocolate with a high melting point?

Is there something that can be done to chocolate which will raise its melting point? I ask because this question wanted a way of getting space dust into a cake, which might be able to be done by ...
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Is there a difference in appearance between semi and unsweetened chocolate?

I bought semi and unsweetened baking chocolate in bulk but forgot to mark which was which....is there a way to figure out which one is which?
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Removing metal disc ring from chocolate mousse: which method should I use?

I just managed to do a chocolate mousse with 5 layers (sponge, chocolate thin layer, nougat mousse, dark chocolate mousse, ganache). I added some "Agar Agar" to make it more firm and put them in the ...
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Is it possible to sweeten chocolate without making it gritty?

I read the following question earlier: Converting pure chocolate to “bittersweet” chocolate In this question, the OP asked if he could change pure unsweetened chocolate into bittersweet chocolate ...
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What is the best recipe for Chocolate Mousse: with butter or cream? [duplicate]

All the recipes I've got for chocolate mousse say among the ingredients: heavy cream or heavy whipping cream. I would like to know the difference if it exists. I'm from Venezuela; what other ...
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how to stretch white chocolate to make truffles? [closed]

I have several bars of real white chocolate. The ingredients on the chocolate bars are, in the following order: Sugar, cocoa butter, milk, soy lecithin, vanilla There is no veg-oil listed in the ...
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How can I make better eggless scones? [duplicate]

I made chocolate scones using this recipe, using the milk/cream but leaving out the eggs because I'm vegan. The scones didn't come out soft. What might be the reason? Is there any substitute for the ...
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How can I make my Chocolate Mousse fluffier?

I regularly make Chocolate Mousse with an egg yolk, sugar and dark chocolate base folded into whipped egg white or whipped cream (or both). It's tastes pretty good and has a nice mouth-feel. Now I ...
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How do I get the butter out of my chocolate fondue?

In my chocolate fondue, I used butter to help it melt smoothly. Now, after the meal, I want to use the left over chocolate. There is a slight sheen of oil on the chocolate and, in the refrigerator, ...
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How do I mimic trader Joe's (dark) Chocolate covered Espresso Beans?

I'm trying to mimic the thick, rich dark chocolate covered espresso beans made by Trader Joes. These sweet morsels have a thick chocolate coating that easily give in when bitten. The beans inside ...
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Why does my cocoa syrup overflow?

I work in a coffee shop, and we stock Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa flavored sauce. However, this sauce is constantly overflowing. We are losing approximately a quarter cup per day ...
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at what temperature should apple-choco pie be prepared?

I have done this in the past but didn't really get the pie to turn out like I expect. I am wondering if I am not cooking it at the correct temperature since all the other aspects of the apple-choco ...
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Bake brownies by 2 different ways, what changes?

I tried to learn how to make brownies, searching this out i found out 2 ways: 1) Add the sugar and the eggs together and use a hand mixer to beat them until cream. Then add the mixture in the melted ...
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Why do chocolate chips stay softer after being baked?

I could be wrong, but I have the feeling that after baking chocolate chip cookies, the chocolate chips are still melted; or at least a lot softer than before you bake the cookies. It's logical that ...
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Why must I return the chilled chocolate cookie dough to room temperature before baking?

According to a chocolate chip cookie recipe, I chilled the cookie dough before baking but it was also written to turn the cookie dough to room temperature before baking. What is the purpose of doing ...
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What happened to my melted couverture?

I wanted to make mint-chocolate-covered candy. I never worked with couverture, but yesterday it was all I had. I melted the chocolate, cooled it, reheated a bit (tempered), added peppermint extract ...
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Could coconut cream be used to create a non-dairy ganache for whipping?

A few days ago I made a batch of profiteroles and éclairs, with a minor twist: For half the profiteroles, instead of chantilly cream I used a whipped ganache made from about 2 parts dark or ...