How to melt chocolate

Love chocolate? Check out our tips for melting chocolate with perfect results.

How to melt chocolate, plus chocolate recipes
Chocolate, with its high ratio of cocoa butter, must be handled gently when melting so that it doesn’t curdle, scorch or lose its shine.

• Chop finely. Place in heatproof glass or stainless-steel bowl with rim just slightly larger than rim of saucepan. (If bowl is too large, it may be heated by the element, causing chocolate to burn; also, bottom of bowl must not touch water.)

• Pour enough water into saucepan to come 1 inch (2.5 cm) up side. Place over medium heat; heat water just until steaming (not boiling). Place bowl over saucepan. Let stand just until three-quarters of the chocolate is melted.

• Remove from heat and stir with metal spoon until remaining chocolate is melted.

• Do not cover: moisture droplets can accumulate on lid and drop into chocolate, causing it to seize.

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