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Cutting a chocolate topped slice evenly…Possible?

snax Feb 8, 2014 03:22 AM

Hi all, I'll be making a coconut and cherry slice which is sandwiched between a thin layer of chocolate. I've never been able to get clean slices before and instead basically just break the slice apart.
Any helpful tips on cutting through chocolate?


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  1. coll RE: snax Feb 8, 2014 03:33 AM

    What kind of slice are we talking about? If cake, I've seen people use a warm knife.

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      snax RE: coll Feb 8, 2014 03:44 AM

      coconut, glace cherries, sweetened condensed milk, copha (shortening)

      It's the fact that there is two layers to cut, it tends to squish when I'm cutting it. Perhaps a just a hot knife and take my time cutting it.

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        Becca Porter RE: snax Feb 8, 2014 04:28 AM

        A hot knife that you clean between each slice...

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          Cherylptw RE: snax Feb 9, 2014 01:43 PM

          Refrigerate or even freeze it prior to slicing helps it set.

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            coll RE: Cherylptw Feb 9, 2014 02:01 PM

            I'm having trouble with that unless it's a very high quality chocolate. Nestles or the like, forget it; something going on with them where they shatter like glass. I finally got wise and cut it while it's still melt-y, and THEN refrigerate.

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              Cherylptw RE: coll Feb 9, 2014 02:07 PM

              Were you able to cut it cleanly with this method?

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                coll RE: Cherylptw Feb 9, 2014 06:22 PM

                Yes finally! My rainbow cookies at Christmas were such a mess, I've been making them for over 30 years but it's just recently. Then I ran into a culinary student at the library who was talking about his rainbow cookies during the holidays,so I asked what kind of chocolate do you use that it doesn't crack? And he said why don't you just cut it before it hardens. Out of the mouth of babes! I am trying to use something like Ghirardelli when possible too though.

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        Hobbert RE: snax Feb 8, 2014 04:38 AM

        Is the chocolate hard? If not, you could hold a piece of dental floss taut and use that to cut. It's worked well for me with cakes before. Good luck!

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          hotoynoodle RE: Hobbert Feb 8, 2014 09:00 AM

          don't use flavored floss! :0

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            Hobbert RE: hotoynoodle Feb 8, 2014 09:24 AM

            Haha definitely!

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          nemo RE: snax Feb 8, 2014 05:57 AM

          Sometimes an electric knife makes a clean cut.

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            sr44 RE: snax Feb 8, 2014 07:36 AM

            Can you make indentations in the chocolate while it's still warm?

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              greygarious RE: sr44 Feb 9, 2014 02:35 PM

              Yes - cut through ONLY the chocolate while it is still soft.
              When it's firm/chilled you will then be able to complete the slicing neatly.

              In a similar vein, when making sandwiches with squishy fillings, cut the top slice of bread BEFORE placing it on top of the filling. You'll then be able to slice the sandwich in half, or quarters, without the filling being forced out the sides.

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              cstr RE: snax Feb 8, 2014 09:06 AM

              Dip the knife blade in hot water, dry the blade, then slice. Repeat by dipping in hot water before every slice.

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