Everybody loves chocolate. Scientific studies also show that dark chocolate those that were not heavily processed and do not contain additional sweetening and flavorings is actually beneficial to individuals who have diabetes and heart ailments. The wealth of knowledge regarding the many health benefits of chocolate has been capitalized by food experts and chocolate lovers all over the world. As an average homeowner, you do not need fancy equipment to enjoy the richness of dark chocolate. Using your ordinary kitchen gadgets a knife and a cheese grater you can reap the full health benefits of dark chocolates while at the same time immersing yourself in its velvety richness. Call it the highest level of indulgence right in the comfort of your own kitchen.
For starters you need a solid block of dark chocolate and water. First place your block of dark chocolate on a double boiler and slowly melt it over low heat. If you do not have a double boiler, you can use saucepan then place a heat-safe mixing bowl in it. Make sure the saucepan is filled with just enough water to accommodate the mixing bowl. Place the dark chocolate on the mixing bowl and watch it slowly melt away. Make sure to thoroughly stir the chocolate until it is smooth. Just before the entire chocolate melts, turn off the heat or remove the chocolate from the heat and allow it to momentarily cool.
Slowly pour the melted chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Spread it thinly using the backside of a tablespoon. If you have a spatula, better. Use the free edges of the baking sheet to tap on the chocolate surface to release air bubbles. Let the chocolate harden for about 15 to 20 minutes. If you cannot wait that long, you can place it in the refrigerator or even the freezer. Just remember to take it out before it turns into one solid chunk of frozen chocolate. Once it has hardened, you can now take your kitchen utensils to carve out shavings off this delectable piece of chocolate.
Using your knife, place the blade at a 60 to 80 degree angle and scrape the surface of the chocolate towards you. Make sure to apply even pressure so that your shavings will form a beautiful curl. You can also use a pastry scraper or even a spatula if you like. For longer curls, scrape the entire length of the chocolate. For short curls just scrape off significantly smaller portions. Using the cheese grater, just take the chocolate and gently rub it across the fine holes for a dusty chocolate texture. If you like larger shavings, use the larger holes of the box grater.
You can use these chocolate shavings for a variety of your desserts like ice creams, yogurts, cakes, and even juices.