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L.A. Times Test Kitchen tips: Chocolate shavings

July 1, 2011 |  6:00 am


It's a very simple trick, but if you're looking for a fast way to garnish a chocolate dessert (or add a little chocolate element to another dish), shave over some chocolate.

Shaving chocolate is easily done with a vegetable peeler. Use a firm chocolate bar, and simply run the blade over the side of the bar (as if you were peeling a carrot). The blade will slice into the chocolate, creating elegant shavings (and can even create ribbons, if you're patient and steady enough).

It was the perfect garnish for our Culinary SOS adaptation of the Chocolate trio torte from Cucina Rustica.

If you have any kitchen tips or questions you'd like me to explore, leave a comment below or shoot me an email at noelle.carter@latimes.com.

-- Noelle Carter

Photo: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times