Whether you’re baking, or you simply fancy having some melted chocolate just because, there are two main methods to doing this. But melting chocolate is a fine art – so here are some tips.

The first method is melting chocolate over the hob, using boiling water. For this, you’ll need a saucepan filled with a few inches of simmering water, with a bowl floating on top (not touching the pan). Break the chocolate into very small pieces to ensure it melts evenly.

The trick here is to make sure no water gets into the mixture, and to keep the heat low. Make sure you keep stirring the mixture, as chocolate is deceiving, and is usually more melted than it first appears.

The second method is to melt your chocolate in the microwave. For this, you’ll need to ensure you have a sturdy microwavable container, such as a bowl, that keeps relatively cool upon heating.