How to Melt Chocolate: On the Stove & In the Microwave

Directions

For 8 oz. of Chocolate On the Stove:

  1. With a large knife, chop the chocolate - Hold the knife across one corner and press down evenly. Cut about one inch from the corner, then turn the chocolate and repeat with the other corners until the entire block is chopped.
  2. Put the chopped chocolate in the top of a double boiler* with barely simmering (not boiling) water. Melting the chocolate in a double boiler with simmering water melts it gently at a low enough temperature to prevent scorching and separating.
  3. As the chocolate begins to melt, stir occasionally to ensure even melting.
  4. Melting should take about 3 minutes. When fully melted, the chocolate will be smooth, glossy, and run easily off the edge of a spoon or spatula.
*Note:  If you don't have a double boiler, you can set a heatproof bowl on top of a small saucepan.  The bowl should sit on top of the saucepan with just a small amount sitting down inside the pan.  Fill the saucepan with 1/2-inch to 1-inch of water, being sure the bowl doesn't actually touch the water.  If the bowl touches the water, the temperature will get too high and the chocolate can scorch.


For 8 oz. of Chocolate In the Microwave:

  1. With a large knife, chop the chocolate - Hold the knife across one corner and press down evenly. Cut about one inch from the corner, then turn the chocolate and repeat with the other corners until the entire block is chopped.
  2. Place chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Microwave the chocolate at 50 percent power for 1 & ½ minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir.
  4. If not completely smooth and melted, return the chocolate to the microwave and continue heating at 50 percent power for 30 to 45 seconds at a time until melted, stirring after every interval. It's tempting to heat the chocolate for more than 30 to 45 seconds at a time, but doing so can cause scorching.
  5. When fully melted, the chocolate will be smooth and readily run off the edge of a spoon.

Enjoy!


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