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Grating chocolate for great chocolate
Posted by: Don C
Date: June 19, 2010 01:05PM
We have a chocolate cake recipe that could be the cover of a "Death by Chocolate" cookbook.

The problem is that it requires shaving a box of bakers chocolate (OK, not the BOX).

Using a regular cheese grater works, but is slow and messy and the chocolate melts in my fingers while doing it. There is also risk of injury as the chocolate squares get small.

I tried using a grating box one time, which has the grater attached to a plastic box which holds the shavings. That did not solve the melting or threat to fingers, but did hold the shavings in place ... UNTIL I opened it up. The built up static electricity scattered chocolate shavings for four feet in every direction! It was worthy of a photo in KAP's kitchen disaster thread (http://forums.macresource.com/read.php?1,9559340).

Anybody know of a way to shave chocolate quickly and efficiently?
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Re: Grating chocolate for great chocolate
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: June 19, 2010 01:07PM
Rotary cheese grater?



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Re: Grating chocolate for great chocolate
Posted by: davester
Date: June 19, 2010 01:08PM
I don't know, but I'd probably try to get the temperature of the grater and chocolate down very low by putting them in the freezer for a while and by holding the chocolate with some kind of insulating material...perhaps one of those flexible blue ice bags.




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Re: Grating chocolate for great chocolate
Posted by: Bixby
Date: June 19, 2010 01:19PM
food processor and proper attachment



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/19/2010 01:20PM by Bixby.
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Re: Grating chocolate for great chocolate
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: June 19, 2010 01:20PM
Freeze chocolate first.
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Re: Grating chocolate for great chocolate
Posted by: Grace62
Date: June 19, 2010 01:58PM
If it's over 70 degrees in your kitchen, cool the chocolate in the fridge, tightly wrapped. Don't freeze it, that can ruin chocolate.
I like a handheld microplane for grating chocolate. Works well for making those pretty curls too. There's not really anything you can do about grating small pieces, you can only go so far down, then you need to chop with knife. Other types of grinders, like electric ones, are going to turn your chocolate into dust.
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Re: Grating chocolate for great chocolate
Posted by: Grace62
Date: June 19, 2010 02:04PM
Oh yeah, you'll be sharing this recipe, right?
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Re: Grating chocolate for great chocolate
Posted by: rgG
Date: June 19, 2010 02:09PM
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Grace62
Oh yeah, you'll be sharing this recipe, right?

I think he needs to share the finished product. grinning smiley





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Re: Grating chocolate for great chocolate
Posted by: mrthuse
Date: June 19, 2010 02:10PM
Yup, cold chocolate and the grater blade on the food processor. Bowl back in fridge immediately after.

The hand method's ok for a little, but as you've discovered, a significant amount of grated chocolate's hard to manage. Ditto the rotary grater, though it's quicker than by hand.
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Re: Grating chocolate for great chocolate
Posted by: btfc
Date: June 19, 2010 04:39PM
My favorite family Christmas cookie recipes use lots of ground nuts and baker's chocolate; I settled on a high quality hand rotary grater to do this. Ditto on chilling the chocolate and grater. If you use a food processor, use it in pulses.
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Re: Grating chocolate for great chocolate
Posted by: jdc
Date: June 19, 2010 05:00PM
try making a chocolate genache instead?



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Re: Grating chocolate for great chocolate
Posted by: Don C
Date: June 19, 2010 05:58PM
Chocolate Chip Cake

1 Yellow Cake Mix
6 oz (we prefer 12 oz) Chocolate Chips
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 bar semi-sweet German chocolate (grated)
1 C oil
1 C milk
4 eggs

Mix yellow cake mix, pudding, oil, milk, eggs
Beat well
Add grated German chocolate & chips: mix by hand
Put in well-oiled budt pan
Bake @ 350 for 50 minutes.
Leave in pan for 30-45 minutes.
Can be frosted or sprinkled with powdered sugar (just before serving).
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Re: Grating chocolate for great chocolate - FU
Posted by: Don C
Date: June 19, 2010 11:17PM
As suggested, I cooled the chocolate and got a plastic rotary grater. Worked like a charm. Cake just came out of the oven and smells scrumptious!

All this for a progressive dinner and gardens tour with our neighbors tomorrow evening.
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