An edible chocolate photo frame makes a lovely gift for Valentine's Day and many other occasions. You can make frames of any size using the same method. Laminate the photo you're framing so it isn't stained by the chocolate.
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Things you need
- Heat proof bowl (to fit over the saucepan)
- Baking tray
- Parchment paper
- Pastry brush
- Laminated photograph
Draw a heart on parchment paper to make a template for your chocolate frame. Make sure the heart is an appropriate size for your laminated photo. You can print a clip-art heart and trace it if you wish.
Draw a second heart identical to the first. Draw a smaller heart in the centre of this one, leaving a margin of at least one inch between the inner and outer hearts. This is the template for the front part of the frame; the solid heart is the template for the backing of the frame. Cut out both templates with scissors.
Fill a saucepan with water one or two inches deep and bring it to a simmering point. Place a heatproof bowl over the pan. If the bottom of the bowl is submerged in the simmering water, pour some out.
Break the chocolate into pieces and put them in the bowl over the pan of water. Stir this with a spatula while it slowly melts. If the water underneath starts to boil, turn the temperature down -- you only want it to gently simmer.
Cover a baking tray with parchment paper. Pour the melted chocolate onto the paper-covered baking tray and spread it out with a spatula, smoothing out any air bubbles. You need enough chocolate to cut out the front and back pieces of the frame, along with a small rectangular piece for a stand.
Let the chocolate sit for a minute or two so it firms slightly but is still soft. Place the solid heart and heart-frame templates on the surface of the chocolate and trace around them with a sharp knife. Also trace a rectangle for a stand in the chocolate, making it slightly shorter and narrower than the hearts. The traced lines should remain in the chocolate. Allow the chocolate to cool and solidify completely, then carefully remove the excess chocolate from around the cut lines and peel away the parchment paper.
Cut your laminated photo into a heart shape using the solid heart template, then trim away a thin strip around the edges to make it slightly smaller than the frame. Place the picture on the solid heart of chocolate, then place the chocolate frame over the front of it, matching the edges.
Re-melt the excess chocolate and use a pastry brush to paint melted chocolate around the sides of the two layers of the frame, sealing them together. Paint several layers of chocolate around the seam.
Rest the bottom point of the chocolate frame on your work surface and hold it upwards at an angle. Place the rectangle of chocolate so that it is propping up the back of the frame. Paint along the line where the top edge of the rectangle touches the back of the frame with melted chocolate, using it like a glue to hold the chocolate stand in place.
Tips and warnings
- For a more decorative chocolate frame, use a piping bag with melted white chocolate to add writing or a design.
- For an extra-delicious version, use melted chocolate as a glue for sticking small chocolates from a box around front of the frame.
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