Chocolate shavings are:
c) easy to make
d) all of the above
Answer: d) all of the above
If I was ever given the above question on a test, I would check the answer d right away.
Chocolate shavings can be used in a variety of ways. They are an elegant addition to any dessert.
Just sprinkle some onto a store-brought dessert and bring it to a party. Everyone will ohh and ahh at it, and everybody will think it's homemade!
Since Valentine's Day is coming up, you can always sprinkle some onto a dessert to impress your sweetheart!
The possibilities are endless! (Okay, maybe not. I wouldn't sprinkle them on shrimp or broccoli or... you get the point)
So here's how you make them:
You'll need a vegetable peeler, a piece of paper towel, and a chunk of chocolate.
If planning to make a lot of shavings, stick the chocolate in the freezer for 20 minutes first. This way, the chocolate won't melt as fast from body heat, and your fingers will be cleaner at the end.
Set a piece of paper towel on a flat surface. The paper towel will catch the shavings(A large plate may be used instead, but I find that the large surface area of the towel enables it to catch the falling shavings better). Hold the chocolate in one hand. Hold the veggie peeler in the other. Place the veggie peeler on the top of the chocolate, and using light pressure, slide the veggie peeler down the chocolate. If wider shavings are desired, slide the peeler down on a wider surface. If narrower shavings are desired, start shaving on the edge. Make sure to move the peeler away from you, as it is less likely to cut yourself.
The first photo in this post was "photoshopped" to give it a more "sketchy" look. I rearranged a few things, and increased the contrast and brightness of it. I didn't use the software Photoshop, but I used the "Fix" button on Windows Photo Gallery.
Here's another before and after:
I cropped it and adjusted the exposure.
I noticed that taking pictures during the morning greatly improved them. I don't have the world's best camera, but I'm trying my best to take better photos.