How to melt chocolate

The BBC Good Food cookery team show you how to melt chocolate and make chocolate curls for decoration.

Points to remember

  • Break chocolate and place into a heatproof bowl.
  • Sit over a pan of barely simmering water (a bain marie) and allow the chocolate to melt, stirring occasionally.
  • Once melted, use as required. Make curls by spreading melted chocolate over a baking sheet in a thin layer.
  • Leave to set until firm but not completely solid.
  • Hold a knife at a 45 degree angle to the surface of the chocolate and push along so it causes a thin layer to curl up.