Last week my sister and I spent a (very long) day working on some holiday treats for a craft fair at her work. Now, I am not a very crafty person and I am REALLY bad at baking (it requires way too much precision for me). So, making treats for a craft fair is probably the last thing I should be doing. I’m more of a buy it from the store and throw it on a plate so it possibly looks homemade kind of person. Ahhh… who am I kidding? I don’t even bother with that. I am 100% ok with being the girl who brings the store bought goodies to the party. Everyone likes those sugar cookies with way too much frosting and sprinkles.
Anyway, I’m getting off track. I just want to paint a picture of how out of my element I was. When I arrived my sister instructed me to “melt the white chocolate chips”. That was not enough instruction for me. After thoroughly examining the bag to make sure they were white chocolate chips (because the picture of white chips on the front was not enough) I had to ask where I should melt them, what I should melt them in, how many chips should be melted and how long should I melt them for. Once I had all the information I needed I proceeded to melt the chips.
Enter a new life lesson.
Chocolate burns. Did you know that? I had no idea.
My sister’s friend happened to be there and she taught me a cool trick on melting chocolate without burnage. Put a little bit of water in a pot, place a glass bowl inside the pot. It needs to be big enough so that the rim of the bowl sets on the rim of the pot, keeping the bowl from actually touching the bottom of the pot. (I learned this because I thought I was just supposed to sit the bowl inside of the pot and the water would keep it afloat… wrong!) Then boil the water (make sure the water isn’t touching the glass bowl… I don’t know… maybe that will be tomorrow’s life lesson). Stir the chocolate while it melts.
If you’re an expert at chocolate melting you probably don’t need this method (my sister did just fine without it) but for those of us who are baking inept it’s a great trick!
So chocolate burns but a glass bowl and a pot can save the day. There’s my practical life lesson.