A simple technique for making decorative white chocolate feathers to lift any dish.
- 150 g good quality white chocolate
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You'll need a few strips of baking paper laid down to make the feathers on. They will keep in an airtight container in a cool spot for up to one month.
2. Melt the white chocolate or temper it if it contains cocoa butter.
To temper the chocolate, place it in a plastic bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until you have 50% liquid and 50% pieces of chocolate. Stir it vigorously without additional heat until all the chocolate has melted. If you have some resistant pieces you can gently heat the chocolate with a hair dryer while stirring.
2. Select a knife with a blade that is even on both sides. Dip the blade of the knife in the melted white chocolate, tap to remove any excess chocolate and wipe the bottom of the knife on the side of the bowl. Press the chocolate side down on the strip of baking paper and as you lift the knife off pull it backwards.
3. Once you have created a few feathers, before they set, place them into a laid down jug or pipe to create a curve as they set. Place in the fridge for five minutes to cool.
4. Remove each feather from the paper, and with a hot knife, create nicks along both edges to finish.