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How to Bake with Chocolate

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There are almost as many ways to enjoy chocolate as there are chocolate enthusiasts in the world—well, almost! Whether you prefer yours baked into moist, chewy brownies or cakes—or melted down into luscious fudge and fondue recipes—you'll want to check out our favorite chocolate recipes, and the tips below for storing, melting and baking with chocolate. We have lots of chocolate how-to videos, too—including how to melt chocolate for all your chocolate frosting needs!

How To Melt Chocolate

How To Melt Chocolate on the Stove

Place chocolate squares in small heavy saucepan. Cook on low heat until chocolate is completely melted, stirring constantly. Or, place chocolate squares in top section of double boiler or in heatproof bowl set over a larger pan of simmering, not boiling, water. (The bottom of the bowl should not touch the hot water.) Stir occasionally until chocolate is completely melted. Note: Do not get any water or steam in the melted chocolate or it will seize and become grainy and unusable.

How To Melt Chocolate in the Microwave

Place completely unwrapped squares of chocolate in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 min. stirring after every 30 sec. (The square will retain its shape) Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add 10sec for each additional square of chocolate.

How to Store Chocolate

Keep chocolate in a cool dry place (below 75°F, if possible), but not in the refrigerator. At high temperatures, chocolate grays in color when the cocoa butter naturally rises to the surface. This does not affect the chocolate flavor or quality.

Our Best Chocolate Recipes

BAKER'S Premium White Baking Chocolate::
PHILADELPHIA White Chocolate-Peppermint Cheesecake

BAKER'S Bittersweet Baking Chocolate:
Intensely Chocolate Mousse Cake

BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate:
Fantasy Fudge

BAKER'S GERMAN'S Sweet Chocolate:
Original BAKER'S GERMAN'S Sweet Chocolate Cake

BAKER'S Unsweetened Baking Chocolate:
Wellesley Fudge Cake

BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate & BAKER'S Premium White Baking Chocolate:
Chocolate Cookie Bark