If the kids have been given more Easter eggs than they can eat by the Easter Bunny, melting them down is a great way to make sure they don't go to waste - and try new recipes with them in the kitchen to get them into baking. Here are our chefs' top tips on how to melt chocolate in a microwave, on a stove or in the oven.

How to melt chocolate in a microwave

  1. Place your chocolate in a wide, shallow bowl and put it in the microwave. Heat it on medium high for about 30 seconds to start with.
  2. Remove from the microwave and stir the chocolate.
  3. Keep heating at 30 seconds another 2-3 times, stirring in between until the chocolate is completely melted and has a smooth, glossy consistency.

How to melt chocolate on a stove

  1. Bring a small pan to the boil, heating several inches of water.
  2. Cover the top with a tightly fitting, heat-proof bowl. 
  3. Make sure the surface of the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl - this may burn the chocolate.
  4. Allow the chocolate to melt in the bowl, stirring occasionally until it is completely melted.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir to make sure it's a smooth glossy and runny - use while still warm.

How to melt chocolate in an oven

  1. Place your chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and place it in an oven set at 43°C (if your oven doesn't go that low, use the lowest temperature and keep the door slightly open).
  2. Your chocolate will melt very slowly, so be patient, and keep checking every couple of minutes. If necessary give the chocolate a little stir.

These recipes all use blocks of chocolate or chocolate sauce, but we love making
them with melted chocolate Easter eggs at this time of year...