Isn’t everything better with chocolate? Here’s how to add a “wow” factor to your desserts using grated chocolate, shavings, and curls. From America’s Most Wanted Recipes Just Desserts, by Ron Douglas.
Grated chocolate: Rub a hard chocolate square against the largest blades on a hand grater. Sprinkle over a mug of frothy hot chocolate, a cake, or a tart.
Chocolate shavings: Pass a vegetable peeler over the surface of room-temperature baking chocolate bars. Shave over waxed paper to prevent melting.
Chocolate curls: Using a flat spatula, spread a thin layer of melted chocolate over the backside of a cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. When the chocolate is firm but still flexible, cut it into strips, then place the spatula underneath the chocolate. Push firmly lengthwise along the cookie sheet. If the chocolate is too firm, allow it to sit at room temperature. Carefully lift each curl with a toothpick and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Use toothpicks to secure curls to the top of desserts, if needed.
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