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Chocolate Panels/Shards - what do you use?

post #1 of 6
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Hi All,

 

I've recently been making a few cakes with chocolate panels on the side and I prefer when they all turn out with a nice smooth uniform surface to them. I'm not after a shiny finish but a smooth unmarked look.

I normally use baking paper as the base and was wondering what others use. They turn out ok with the baking paper but I think they could look better. I have used acetate before but that resulted in patches being shiny whilst others were dull.

I know I could temper the chocolate but am reluctant to go that way due to the time factor and also that I usually have my two small kids running around who could distract the most focused person in the world icon_razz.gif

Very interested to hear of other peoples experiences.

 

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 6

You could try polishing the acetate with cotton wool before spreading the chocolate on.  This is what I do with my chocolate moulds to stop the tempered chocolate having dull spots. 

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Just in case anyone happens upon this thread I have discovered that using laminate pouches produces a great result. I peel them apart and use the inside surface to spread my chocolate on. Comes of cleanly and creates a beautiful matte finish :-D

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Can you explain to this American what a laminate pouch is?

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post #5 of 6

Thermal laminating pouches? For documents, badges, luggage tags, and the like?

 

You do realize that the inner surface of these (and of loose laminating film, as well) is coated with a hot-melt adhesive, right? Doesn't exactly sound like "Good Eats" to me.

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post #6 of 6
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The things you put through a laminator to seal documents etc. I'm not telling you to use them but I have - no one has died. I'm not trying to poison people just so you know.

 

(And I don't think cling film or baking paper or microwaves are that healthy either.)

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