How to Make Chocolate Bark

What is Chocolate Bark?

Chocolate bark is tempered chocolate that looks like tree bark from the foods put into the chocolate.

The foods are placed on the top of the chocolate so they only sit in about half way in the chocolate.

The foods are generally not mixed into the chocolate. Since the foods are placed on top of the chocolate it gives more of a colorful look to the chocolate which makes it eye batching.

Chocolate bark uses tempered chocolate because the chocolate becomes easy to bite into and gives it a shiny look to it. Tempered chocolate isn’t as hard to bite into as just melted chocolate that has hardened.

How to Make Chocolate Bark

Chocolate bark topping ideas

  • almonds
  • cashews
  • peanuts
  • walnuts
  • pecans
  • pistachios
  • dried cranberries
  • dried apricots
  • dried figs
  • toffee pieces
  • pretzels
  • sprinkles
  • candy cane pieces
  • marshemallows

How to Make Chocolate Bark

  1. Gather your ingredients you are planning to put into your chocolate bark. Prepare them accordingly – chop, dice, slice your foods so they are ready to put into your chocolate bark.
  2. Line a baking pan with a silicone pastry mat.
  3. Temper your chocolate.
  4. Pour the tempered chocolate onto your silicone pastry mat.
  5. Spread the chocolate out to the thinness you would like using a spatula. Try to make the edges full – not too thin of chocolate. Use the spatula to rim the edge of the chocolate if you have to, to make the edge thicker with chocolate. This will be helpful when breaking apart the chocolate bark later.
  6. Sprinkle your ingredients onto the chocolate bark. Do not press the foods into the chocolate. Try to make sure ingredients an even distribution throughout the chocolate.
  7. Keep the chocolate at room temperature while it’s curing. It will take about an hour to solidify.
  8. Once the chocolate is a solid brick, peel the chocolate off the pastry mat. break the chocolate bark apart by using your hands to gently break off bits of chocolate that are about 2-3″. You want the chocolate bark to be big enough for someone to have a couple of bites.
  9. Keep the chocolate bark stored at room temperature. It should stay good for minimum 4 weeks.

How to cut chocolate bark

Chocolate bark is cut but simply breaking the chocolate apart with your hands. This gives the chocolate bark more of an ununiform look to it, which is more desirable for serving. Chocolate bark is more of a creative dessert, therefore the uneven edges fits the look of chocolate bark than just cutting it into squares or rectangles.

How to keep chocolate bark from melting

To keep chocolate bark from melting, temper your chocolate before you make your chocolate bark. Tempered chocolate has a melting temperature of 37 degrees Celsius.

Do not keep your chocolate bark in the fridge or freezer, or this will bring the fat droplets to the edge of the chocolate turning it white.

How to keep chocolate bark from melting

Chocolate bark thins recipe

A delicious bark thins recipe is using toffee pieces and sea salt on top of dark tempered chocolate. Salted caramel and chocolate has complimenting flavors that go well together.

Chocolate bark can be made into a thins recipe by spreading the chocolate as thin as possible until it’s about 2-3 mm in height off of your silicone pastry mat.

Make sure you temper your chocolate first, then using a spatula, spread the chocolate thin. Add your favorite foods on top of the chocolate and let it set. Break apart the thin chocolate bark gently. Do not be too aggressive with it, or your topping with fall out of the chocolate.

Chocolate bark thins recipe

Chocolate bark packaging ideas

Chocolate bark can be packaged a few different ways to give it an eye catching look to it.

  • stack the chocolate bark on top of one another. Wrap the bark in cellophane and tie with a ribbon
  • place the chocolate bark in a themed tin – Christmas, birthday, etc. Arrange the chocolate bark in the tin so it’s fanned out.
  • put the chocolate bark in a glass – this could be a wine glass, drinking glass, etc. Have it stacked sideways in the glass. Wrap the glass in cellophane and tie with a ribbon.
  • place the chocolate bark in an airtight container – decorate the container with a few decals

Chocolate bark gifts

Chocolate bark is an easy, beautiful, homemade gift you can give to a friend or family member. Making chocolate bark for gifts is thoughtful, and many people love having a handmade gift given to them over something purchased. This gives your gift more of a personal touch.

How to Use a Pastry Mat

There are a few different ways of using a pastry mat:

  • rolling out dough
  • rolling out a butter layer
  • baking pasties
  • making fancy chocolates
  • making hazelnut spread
  • spreading caramel sauce
How to use a pastry mat

How to use a pasty mat to roll out dough

Put your pastry mat on a hard flat surface.

Put your dough on top of the pastry mat. There is no need to flour your pastry mat. Only flour your dough and the rolling pin.

Roll out your dough to the required length.

Peel the dough from the pastry mat and it’s ready to use for baking or your next step in your baking recipe.

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How to use a pasty mat to roll out a butter layer for croissants or puff pastry

Place your pastry mat on a hard flat surface.

Make sure your butter is at room temperature.

Using a spatula, put the butter on the pasty mat. Gently spread the butter outwards creating a rectangle. Continue spreading the butter until it’s the exact required measurement needed for your recipe. Use the spatula to make the edges a perfect rectangle.

Place the butter in the fridge for 30 min. You can now add your butter layer into your croissant dough or puff pastry dough.

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How to use a pasty mat to bake pastries

To bake pastries with a pastry mat, have your dough ready to bake.

Place the silicone pastry mat onto a baking pan. There is no need to grease the silicone pastry mat.

Put your pastry dough into shapes and place on the silicone mat.

Bake for the time your recipe calls for.

Remove the pastries from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

Clean the pastry mat by wiping it down with a wet cloth and some dish soap.

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How to use a pasty mat to make fancy chocolates

To make fancy chocolate decorations with your pastry mat, begin by melting your chocolate.

Place your silicone mold on a plate or baking pan.

Take a spoon and dip it in your chocolate. Using the back of the spoon, spread the chocolate into a leaf shape. It should be round and big at the bottom, with a narrow end. The narrow end doesn’t have to be a perfect point, or even. It’s beautiful to have the leaf going off to one side, and not uniform.

Repeat with how many leaves you want to make. Place them one in front of one another in a line.

Place the silicone baking mat in the fridge, taking care to have an object prop the chocolate up a bit to give it a leaf shape. The pastry mat only needs to be bent a little bit.

Remove from the fridge after 30 min to 1 hour until the chocolate is solidified, and then it’s ready to use as a fancy chocolate decoration.

How to use a pasty mat to make fancy chocolates

You can use this method to create many different chocolates. Try piping chocolate directly onto the mat. You can make snowflakes, hearts, writing, etc. in this way using your pastry mat.

How to use a pasty mat to make hazelnut spread

To make hazelnut spread, roast your hazelnuts and remove the skins.

Make caramel sauce by combining sugar and water over medium heat in a saucepan until it’s an amber-golden color.

Place the hazelnuts into the caramel sauce.

Spread the mixture onto a silicone pastry mat. Let it cool to room temperature to solidify.

Break the solidified caramel into smaller pieces and blend with a food processor. You can use this as hazelnut spread, or you can go further and create a hazelnut sauce by adding your hazelnut spread to heavy cream.

How to use a pasty mat to spread caramel sauce

Create your caramel sauce by heating sugar and water over medium heat until it’s amber-golden in color.

Spread your caramel sauce onto your pastry mat.

Let the caramel solidify at room temperature.

Your caramel is ready to use. You can break it into pieces and add it to the top of ice cream or desserts. You could also use it to make almond roca for a Christmas gift.

Best Pastry Mat for Rolling Dough

The best pastry mat for rolling dough is the Silpat.

The Silpat can be used to turn any surface into a non-stick surface.

  • no need to flour the surface of the pastry mat to roll out dough
  • remains in place when rolling
  • non-stick surface – easily peel your dough off of the mat
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How to use a pastry mat for rolling out dough

  1. Put your pastry mat onto a flat surface.
  2. Place your dough onto your pastry mat.
  3. Dust your dough and rolling pin with a flour.
  4. Roll out your dough.

The Silpat silicone pastry mat will remain in place while you’re rolling out your dough. You don’t have to flour the surface of the mat, only your dough and rolling pin to roll out your dough on the silicone pastry mat.

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If you’re rolling out croissant dough or puff pastry you can easily place your silicone pastry mat and dough into the fridge between laminations.

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Using a silicone pastry mat makes it much easier when you’re rolling out butter for lamination to a specific measurement. The butter remains in place, and it doesn’t create a huge mess. The butter easily peels off of the silicone when you’re transferring it to inside your dough.

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Silpat pastry mats can be used in the oven to cook pastries and other baked goods as well.

  • Even heat distribution
  • Made to fit your pan exactly – no need to cut parchment paper to fit
  • Durable and long lasting – up to 3000 bakes
  • No greasing needed – no added fat to your recipe
  • Easy release of pastry
  • Professional grade
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Do you need to grease a silicone pastry mat

You do not need to grease a silicone pastry mat to use it. The silicone provides a barrier for your pastry to be easily removed from the mat. Peel off your baked pastry from the mat and place it on a cooling rack.

Do you need to flour a silicone pastry mat

You do not need to flour a silicone pastry mat. Silicone is a special material that does not require it to be floured. It is non-greasy, and you can easily peel your dough or cooked pastry from the mat. When you’re using a silicone pastry mat to roll out your dough, you only need to flour your dough and rolling pin, not the silicone pastry mat.

Where can you use your silicone pastry mat?

A Silpat silicone pastry mat can be used in the freezer, microwave, and the oven.

How to clean a silicone pastry mat?

Wash your silicone pastry mat with some dish soap and a cloth and let it air dry overnight.

How to store a silicone pastry mat?

Store a silicone pastry mat by placing it in a drawer or a cupboard. The silicone mat can be stored rolled up, or folded and will not be damaged.

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Science Behind Tempering Chocolate

The science behind tempering chocolate comes at the cellular level between breaking and reforming bonds of crystals.

When chocolate is in a solid brick form, the fat particles of the cocoa butter are in a crystalized hard form. 

When the crystals are warmed, the cocoa butter makeup breaks apart these hard bonds to create a liquid state. 

Once the chocolate is allowed to cool, the bonds will form a more solid structure again.

Science Behind Tempering Chocolate

Types of Crystals in Chocolate

There are 5 different types of crystals that can form and allow the chocolate to have different properties. 

If the melting temperature is too low, the chocolate will be crumbly and melt very easily. (Crystal type I)

If the melting temperature is too hot, the chocolate will be too hard. (Crystal type VI)

Chocolate that contains more cocoa butter will melt at a lower temperature.

Chocolate varies in their fat content, milk fat content, and shape of the fat molecules at a cellular level.

The best chocolate is made with Crystal type V.

Melting temperature for tempered chocolate

The melting temperature for Crystal type V in tempered chocolate is 34 degrees Celsius.

Tempering chocolate with Crystal type V will give the chocolate that shiny and solid chocolate you’re looking for.

After chocolate has been tempered, chocolate will melt around 37 degrees Celsius.

How long does tempered chocolate last

Tempered chocolate should last up to a year.

Tempering chocolate temperatures

  1. Chocolate is warmed to 45 degrees Celcius to melt all of the 6 types of crystals apart.
  2. Chocolate is cooled to 27 degrees Celsius. This process forms Crystals type IV and V. 
  3. Chocolate is heated to 31 degrees Celsius. This gets rid of Crystal type IV chocolate and leaves Crystal type V chocolate only.

How to tell if chocolate is tempered

To tell if chocolate is tempered, look at the appearance of it. If the chocolate looks shiny and glossy it is tempered.

The chocolate should hold well at room temperature, and only begin melting at around 37 degrees Celsius.

How to tell if chocolate is tempered

How to store chocolate in summer

Store chocolate in the summer by placing it in an area that is between 15-17 degrees Celsius. You might store it in a crawl space, your basement, or a lower floor of your house. 

The ideal humidity for chocolate storage is <50%. This can be difficult in the summer, so try to put it in an airtight container to lower the humidity in the air around the chocolate.

How to use silicone molds for chocolate

Use silicone molds for chocolate by placing them right side up on your counter.

  1. Once your silicone molds are in a clear work space, temper your chocolate.
  2. Pour the chocolate into the molds. 
  3. If you’re filling the chocolates with a filling, only pour the chocolate molds half full. Tip the chocolate mold around to get the entire mold covered in chocolate. Place the mold in the fridge until the chocolate hardens.
  4. Remove the chocolate from the fridge. Gently spoon or pipe the filling into the molds, leaving a small gap to add more chocolate to the mold.
  5. Retemper your chocolate. Pour the tempered chocolate overtop of the filling. Scrape the excess chocolate using a knife. Place the chocolates in the fridge until hardened.
  6. Remove the chocolate from the fridge. Gently push the chocolate out of the silicone mold from the opposite side. 

How to store tempered chocolate

Store the tempered chocolate at 15-17 degrees Celsius in humidity of <50% for your chocolate to stay good up for a year. Place the chocolate in an airtight container. Chocolate can absorb aromas around it, so this will keep the chocolate from tasting anything like it should.

How to store tempered chocolate

Why does chocolate turn white

Chocolate turns white from absorbing moisture in the air from refrigeration or freezing the chocolate. This causes the fat particles in the chocolate to come to the surface, giving the chocolate a white look to it.

Best Quality Cookie Cutters

The best quality cookie cutters are made by Wilton.

  • 40 different Christmas cutters
  • Mini and standard sizes for variety
  • Cutters are made of metal – will last you a lifetime
  • Sharp cutting edge
  • Rounded on the top for your hands

Wilton has been making baking accessories for over 90 years. They focus on the latest trends in baking and decorating to bring you the best baking accessories for your home kitchen.

Make sure to only hand wash your cookie cutters and let them to dry on a towel overnight. Do not put them away without being fully dry or your cookie cutters will rust from having water sit on them for too long.

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Can you shape cookie dough by hand

Yes. Roll out your dough to 1/4″ thickness. Then use a glass upside down to cut a piece of dough that’s even.

  • Use your fingers and pinch the dough to make points
  • Use a fork to make decorations on the top of the dough
  • Use a butter knife on a cutting board to cut the dough – a butter knife is better than a serrated because a serrated can cause jagged edges. A butter knife will give you a smooth finish
  • Use your fingers to mold the dough into the shape you want by stretching and pulling the dough

How thick is 1/4 inch dough

1/4 inch dough is about half a macaroni length in thickness.

What to use for cookie cutters

If you don’t have cookie cutters, you can use an upside down glass or glassware to cut your cookies into shapes. You can use a butter knife to cut your own shapes as well.

How to use cookie cutters with chocolate chip cookies

  1. Roll out your chocolate chip cookie dough to about 1/4″ thickness
  2. Place your cookie cutter just inside the dough so there is some overlap for your cookie cutter
  3. Firmly press your cookie cutter into the chocolate chip cookie dough
  4. Remove your cookie cutter vertically so you get a clean cut with your cookie cutter
  5. Cookie cut your way through the entire chocolate chip cookie dough
  6. Remove your cookies and place on a baking pan
  7. Ball up your dough and roll it out again one more time
  8. Repeat steps 2-6 one more time
  9. Bake your cookies for the same amount of time your recipe states
  10. Cool on a cooling rack
  11. Store in an airtight container

8 Most popular cookie cutters

  • heart
  • star
  • tree
  • reindeer
  • gingerbread
  • candy cane
  • snowman
  • circle

Cookie cutter storage ideas

Store your cookie cutters in a tin, glass jar, or plastic container.

If you have a big enough container, you can lie your cookie cutters flat so you can see all of your cookie cutters at once, and not need to fish through your container to find a specific one you’re looking for.

Cookie Decorating Ideas Easter and Spring

Spring Cookie Cutters

Here are some decorating ideas for Spring or Easter using Wilton’s Spring Cookie Cutters.

The cookie cutters range in size from 3-3.5″. They are all roughly the same size so the baking time will be the same for all of the cookies.

They are a perfect size for someone who wants a decently sized cookie, and they are big enough for you to decorate.

How to care for your Spring Cookie Cutters

Wilton’s Spring cookie cutters are made of metal, so they will last you if you treat them with care. Metal cookie cutters need to be washed with soap and water with a cloth, and fully dried before putting them away. Metal cookie cutters have the risk of rusting when water is left on them for too long. Leave them out overnight on a towel to fully dry them.

Cookie decorating ideas for Spring:

  • Grey and blue umbrella
  • red/yellow tulip
  • butterfly

How to decorate Easter cookies

  1. Use royal icing to decorate your cookies for Easter so they will dry fully and be stackable.
  2. Flood your cookies and leave overnight to dry.
  3. Come back the next day with your royal icing in different colors and get ready to pipe your designs.
  4. Select your cookie and design – Easter cookies could include: a cross, Easter egg, or a Bunny.
  5. Decorate your Easter cookies using a theme of colors – 3 colors works best. With your white bunny, you can add pink accents in the ears and the nose. Draw the face on with an edible marker or black icing for the eyes and mouth. For the Easter egg, pipe your color contrasting color in zig zags across the egg on either end of the egg. In a separate color, put 2 strips of icing in the middle of the egg.
  6. Add sprinkles to your cookies before the icing dries.
  7. Let your cookies dry overnight.
  8. Store your fully decorated Easter cookies in an airtight container.

Wilton’s Spring cookie cutters include:

  • tulip
  • bunny
  • egg
  • butterfly
  • umbrella

Best Round Cookie Cutters

The best round cookie cutters are made by Ultra Cuisine.

  • 11 graduated round cookie cutters
  • 1″- 3.5″ in diameter
  • professional grade
  • stainless steel – made to last
  • rounded edges to protect your hands
  • firm cutting edge
  • lifetime guarantee

Ultra cuisine focuses on creating products that are built to last, easy to clean, and easy to use.

Ultra cuisines round cookie cutters have a large depth to them so you can use them and easily remove your cookie dough from the cookie cutter.

The cutting edge of the cookie cutters are sharp so you don’t have to twist the cookie cutter to get the dough off.

Round cookie cutters can also be used to cut donuts – use varying sizes to cut donuts with the cookie cutters.

Other uses for the best round cookie cutters include:

  • poached eggs
  • cutting bread for tea sandwiches or appetizers
  • biscuits
  • dinner rolls
  • English muffins
  • scones
  • fondant

You can hand wash your round cookie cutters when you’re finished with them, or place in the top rack of your dishwasher. Let them dry completely before storing them away.

How to use cookie cutters

  1. roll out your dough until your desired thickness ~1/4″ thick.
  2. Place the cookie cutter on the dough with the round side up. The cookie cutter should sit just inside the dough so it fits fully on the dough.
  3. Gently press down on the cookie cutter until it’s through the dough and you can feel the resistance.
  4. Pull the cookie cutter directly vertical so it makes a clean cut. Cut all of your cookies this way.
  5. After you’ve cut the entire dough, you can start removing your cookies from the dough.
  6. Use a flat plastic flipper to get under the cookie, and place the cookie on a baking sheet. Have them at least 1/2″ away from one another.
  7. Ball up your dough and roll it out again and repeat the process. Only roll out your dough 2-3 times, as any more rolling the cookies will be too tough and not as chewy.
  8. Bake your cookies.
  9. Decorate your cookies.
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Heart Shaped Cookie Decorating Ideas

heart shaped cookies decorating ideas

You can decorate heart shaped cookies with almost any cookie recipe.

We recommend using sugar cookies to decorate on because they cut easily with cookie cutters, and usually turn out well.

After your cookies have been cookie cut by your favorite heart shaped cookie cutter, bake them for the required time according to your recipe. Let the cookies cool on a cooling rack for about 20 minutes.

Once your cookies are fully cooled, you can flood them with royal icing.

At this point you can add a few sprinkles all over the heart shaped cookie and you can be finished decorating it.

Or if you want more decorations, let the cookies fully dry overnight or about 8 hours.

Separate your icings and colors and you’re ready to pipe more decorations on them.

You can put a rose or flower off to the side of the heart cookie. Add a couple of leaves to the flower. Then you’re ready to pipe writing onto your heart shaped cookie to personize it or give it a theme.

heart shaped cookies decorating ideas

For this heart shaped decorated cookie, we had the idea of putting some ruffled edging around the cookie. We love the contrasting color combination. Add your personized message of theme of your cookies to the center of the heart shaped cookie.

heart shaped cookies decorating ideas

For this cookie, we used only white icing, and put a writing on the center of the cookie, as well as a bit of decoration on the edge of the heart cookie.

heart shaped cookies decorating ideas

There are countless ways to decorate heart shaped cookies! Use your imagination to come up with color combinations and use your piping tips to try out different shapes on your cookies. If you don’t want to commit to piping on your cookie, you can always try piping first on parchment paper.

Beginners can learn step by step on how to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing if this is your first time using it. Royal icing is preferred when decorating cookies because they will dry fully and become stackable. If you decide to use buttercream icing place the cookies side by side so they will not smudge your freshly piped buttercream icing.

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Extra Long Wooden Rolling Pin

A Turkish rolling pin is an extra long wooden rolling pin that is over 30” long rolling pin.

You can find an extra long rolling pin by Bulut that is 35″ long, and only 3/4″ in diameter.

This is one of the classic Turkish Oklava rolling pins.

Baklava (phyllo pastry dough), dumplings, and tortillas are rolled into very thin doughs ~2 mm or less before baking.

To create these thin doughs, having an extra long rolling pin will make it much easier to roll out. The larger the rolling pin, the more surface area the dough has to expand.

These types of dough are light, and will move freely as you press your rolling pin into the dough.

One dough in particular, phyllo pastry dough is especially difficult to make. Phyllo pastry takes a long time to master because the dough becomes substantially large and paper thin.

Phyllo pastry is created by rolling out the dough to it’s final dough thickness – as thin as you can make it. Phyllo pastry requires you to add flour/corn flour to your dough as you continuously roll it out thinner and thinner. The phyllo dough will become as long as your rolling pin.

If you’re working with a rolling pin half the size, it will take you twice as long to roll out your dough. You might not get your dough to the required thinness needed for phyllo using a short rolling pin.

The sheets of phyllo dough are then stacked together to make layers of fat and dough.

Phyllo pastry is used to bake many delicate pastries by manipulating it into different shapes and adding fillings in the center of the dough before baking.

Pasta dough can also be rolled out using an extra long wooden rolling pin. Pasta dough requires the dough to be thinner than paper, which is easily achieved using a pasta maker. A pasta maker squishes the dough together, making it thinner and thinner, working the dough until it’s a uniform thickness.

In a pinch, an extra long rolling pin will help you roll out your pasta dough into thin sheets. You will not get it as thin as a pasta maker, but you can use a rolling pin if necessary.

Lavash Armenian Flatbread becomes quite large and thin when it’s rolled out to ~35 inches long. By using an extra long rolling pin it will save you time rolling out your dough to the suggested length.

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Best Solid Wood Rolling Pin

The best solid wood rolling pin is Ateco Professional Solid Wood Rolling Pin.

Ateco Solid Wood Rolling Pin
Solid wood - maple
Heavyweight
Cylindrical or French
Hand wash only

Ateco’s solid wood rolling pin is made to last you a lifetime.

Ateco creates highly specialized professional quality baking accessories for pastry chefs and has done so for over 100 years.

Ateco’s rolling pins are made of solid maple wood. Their solid wooden rolling pin is heavier than your average rolling pin weighing in at 1.5 lbs for their 18″ rolling pin.

Having a heavier rolling pin is helpful when you’re trying to roll out cold laminated dough like puff pastry or croissant dough.

There will be a lot of resistance when you’re trying to roll out these doughs. Heavier rolling pins help with forcing the dough down for you, so you don’t have to use as much pushing motion.

The surface of the Ateco rolling pin is very smooth, so you don’t need to add too much flour to your dough or rolling pin to effectively roll out your dough.

If your rolling pin has more of a rough surface then you have to add quite a bit of flour to the rolling pin to smooth it out first. If you don’t add enough flour to the rough surface, your dough will stick to the rolling pin.

Ateco’s rolling pin has an exceptionally smooth surface, so you will only need to dust the rolling pin lightly with flour before rolling out your dough.

Ateco’s solid wood rolling pin comes in a few different sizes – 12″, 15″ or 18″ plus the length of the handles.

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How to use a French rolling pin

To use your French rolling pin, you’re going to be putting pressure on the center of the rolling pin.

  1. Place your dough on a floured surface.
  2. Flour the top of your dough, and flour your French rolling pin.
  3. Place your French rolling pin on top of your dough and begin rolling out your dough by pressing down with the base of your hand and pushing it away from you.
  4. Press the dough with the base of your hands and roll the pin back towards you.
  5. Repeat this motion until you have rolled out your dough with your French rolling pin to your exact thickness needed. Be sure to add flour to your dough and your French rolling pin as needed.

French rolling pin vs Regular rolling pin

French Rolling Pin vs Regular Rolling Pin 
TaperedCylindrical
Direct PressureIndirect Pressure through using handles
More controlLess Control
Gentle on doughMore forceful on dough
Unable to use thickness ringsAble to use thickness rings

A regular rolling pin is cylindrical shaped whereas a French rolling pin is tapered.

A French rolling pin is tapered, therefore you need to put pressure on the center because it doesn’t have any handles.

With a French rolling pin you have more control with it because you are applying direct pressure with your hands in the center of the rolling pin.

A regular rolling pin has handles, which is where you will be putting pressure. You’re sandwiching the dough with a regular rolling pin to force it to roll out.

A French rolling pin is more gentle on the dough because it has direct pressure, versus indirect pressure.

Should you wash a rolling pin?

You should wash your rolling pin with a damp cloth to gently wipe away the excess flour on your rolling pin.

Do not soak the rolling pin in water as this will warp the wood and cause it not to be even. Water will penetrate the wood and potentially crack the rolling pin as well.

Use a soft cloth with a bit of water to wash your rolling pin.

Do you need to oil a rolling pin?

If your rolling pin becomes too dry over the years of use, you can use mineral oil to oil your rolling pin.

Mineral oil acts as a barrier between water and other foods. This will keep your rolling pin from drying out when you wash it.

Putting mineral oil on your rolling pin will keep food and bacteria out of your rolling pin, resisting mold and bacterial growth.

Typically you should oil your rolling pin every 2-3 years depending on usage.

Best Solid Wood Rolling Pin

Learn which extra long rolling pin is best for phyllo pastry, dumplings, or pasta.