One of our favorite easy ways to make a simple dessert just a little extra special is chocolate curls. They are very, very easy, and curls and shavings add a pretty touch. Pictures and show-how below...
• Grab a bar of good chocolate and a vegetable peeler. This chocolate here is El Rey, 70% cacao. This is a high amount of cacao; it won't curl quite as well as a softer bar.
• Warm the chocolate a little in your hands. You don't want it goopy or melty - just slightly warm.
• Draw your peeler across the bar to shave into curls. Dig deep for big, dramatic curls, and shave along the corners for smaller, more delicate shavings.
This is how we do it - do you have any other tips for shaving chocolate or decorating simply with chocolate?