Chocolate curls

Chocolate curls

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PS Desserts
Makes
20
Photographer
Mark Roper

Chocolate curls, cigarettes and plaques make for lovely light garnishes that complement and add a little theatre to chocolate desserts and cakes. It might take some time to master but keep practising. For curls and cigarettes, you don’t have to go to the trouble of tempering the chocolate, while plaques are well worth the eff ort for their wow factor and the “crack” that they add to desserts when you bite into them. The great thing about working with chocolate is that if you do make a mistake you can just scrape it all up and re-use it! You can make all of these ahead of time and pull them out when you need to end the night with a flourish.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
200g dark, milk or white chocolate, in block form at room temperature

Method

  1. Using a small metal pastry cutter, scrape the surface of the chocolate towards you at a slight angle so only part of the edge of the cutter scrapes against the chocolate.
  2. The chocolate will naturally curl up inside the cutter. If the chocolate is too cold and doesn’t curl up, rub the surface with the palm of your hand to warm it up slightly. Keep the curls in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer until needed.

Notes

  • These beautiful, shiny, crisp plaques add a satisfying snap to my Snickers and Raspberry and Chocolate Délice. They are also a wonderful decoration on cakes and mousses.

    Acetate is flexible transparent plastic film and is available from craft or specialty kitchenware stores.

    I use white chocolate curls to decorate my sablé breton with roasted figs, white chocolate mousse and port.
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