Gourmet Fast app

Get our Gourmet Fast app and you can download 140 recipes for your iPhone.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to the print version and receive 4 bonus issues of Belle magazine - that's more than $147 worth of value for only $79.95.

Gourmet on your iPad

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad.

Tempered chocolate

Try this masterclass with Thomas Schnetzler's dark chocolate bark recipe.

You'll need

To temper: dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), such as Lindt


  • 01
  • Gently heat chocolate over a bowl of barely simmering water, ensuring bowl doesn’t touch surface of water. Stir continuously, then remove from heat when chocolate reaches 48C and has melted.
  • 02
  • If using the tabling method, pour two-thirds of chocolate onto a granite or marble surface. Spread chocolate out to cool with a scraper and palette knife, then immediately scrape back together to start crystallisation. Continue this process until chocolate starts to thicken.
  • 03
  • Return thickened, pre-crystallised chocolate to remaining warm chocolate. Stir well until chocolate reaches 26C and mixture is even.
  • 04
  • If using the seeding method, add one-quarter of the weight of the melted chocolate as grated or finely chopped tempered chocolate into the melted chocolate (for 500gm of chocolate, melt 375gm to 48C and seed with 125-130gm of grated tempered chocolate). Stir until temperature reaches 26C, all pieces have dissolved and chocolate is smooth. If chocolate remains too warm, add more tempered pieces.
  • 05
  • Gently warm chocolate to a workable consistency using a hot-air gun or a hair dryer. Alternatively, return chocolate to double boiler.
  • 06
  • Untempered and incorrectly tempered chocolate develops an unsightly mottled, streaky look called bloom, compared with the sheen of perfectly tempered chocolate.

Signature Collection

Hitting the shelves exclusively at Domayne this month is the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia.

Read More
an iPhone 6!

amaysim is giving you the chance to win one of two prize packs containing an iPhone 6 and three months of amaysim's UNLIMITED 5GB mobile plan. Get in quick!

Read More
Gourmet TV

Check out our YouTube channel for our latest cover recipes, chef cooking demos, interviews and more.

Watch Now

Featured in

Apr 2009

You might also like...

Autumn recipes


Panettone, ricotta and peach cake

Braising recipes


Saltimbocca alla Romana

Italian recipes


Roast lamb loin with couscous and pumpkin

Fast autumn recipes


Ditali with broccolini and bread

Chocolate recipes


Chicken rolled with fontina, prosciutto and sage

Apple recipes


Fried provolone with red wine vinegar

Autumn vegetarian recipes


Mushroom and taleggio on bruschetta

Almond recipes


conversion tool

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.