Because I was never good with a piping bag, I came up with techniques that didn’t need one. This technique is one of them. Basically you spread melted white chocolate (not compound) onto a sheet pan. Then using different size putty knives available in hardware stores you shape the curls as shown.
The important point with this technique is the temperature of the chocolate. If it is too soft, it won’t curl. If too cold, it will shatter. Although my bakery was air conditioned, in St. Louis summers with 4 ovens going, it could get very hot. So often, we would place the tray on a utility cart (as seen below) and roll it into the cooler where it would set up enough to make the curls. In the winter, we didn’t have to do that.
If the chocolate gets too cold, let it sit at room temperature until you can make the curls. If the room is warm, it will be necessary to move the chocolate in and out of the refrigerator. We often had multiple sheets going at once so when one warmed up too much, we would trade it for one in the cooler. Continue reading