Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Crafty DIY : Chocolate Leaves

Chocolate leaves. A very pretty and easy way to turn a plain pudding into a decadent dessert. Simply gather a few desired leaves from the garden (make sure they're not poisonous - I used fuchsia leaves) and carefully wash them. Next melt your chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts. You may notice that these leaves are a little rough around the edges. This is because I used what was in the house - white bubbly chocolate, so it didn't melt completely smooth. Should you use a finer milk or dark chocolate, your edges will look a great deal smoother, but I'm happy with a little wonkiness.

Take a small, clean paint brush and carefully paint the melted chocolate onto the back of the leaves, right up to the edge of each leaf. Resist the urge to paint your tongue and keep any chocoholics at bay throughout the duration of this DIY. Once finished, lay the leaves on a chopping board covered in foil and refrigerate for roughly half an hour. Gently peel your leaves away from the chocolate, leaving behind the pretty veins. Decorate your pud as you wish - I made these to pretty up some chocolate marshmallows. Or store in the fridge until you need to use them. And then let the chocoholic back in to clean the bowl. Or be selfish and do it yourself.

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