How to properly double boiler? (bain-marie or water bath)

Melting chocolate and butter using the water bath method, also known as the double boiler method, is a gentle and controlled way to achieve a smooth, velvety consistency without the risk of burning. Follow these step-by-step instructions:

Materials Needed:

  1. Saucepan
  2. Heatproof bowl (preferably glass or stainless steel) that fits snugly on top of the saucepan
  3. Chocolate and butter for melting


  1. Prepare the Equipment:
    • Fill a saucepan with a few inches of water, ensuring that the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl when placed on top. Place the saucepan on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Cut the Chocolate and Butter:
    • Chop the chocolate into small, uniform pieces to ensure even melting. Cut the butter into chunks for easier incorporation.
  3. Set Up the Double Boiler:
    • Place the heatproof bowl on top of the saucepan, creating a double boiler setup. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the simmering water.
  4. Add Chocolate and Butter:
    • Place the chopped chocolate and butter into the heatproof bowl. The combined heat from the steam will gently melt the ingredients.
  5. Stir Occasionally:
    • As the water in the saucepan begins to simmer, the heat will melt the chocolate and butter in the bowl. Stir occasionally with a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon to ensure even melting.
  6. Monitor the Temperature:
    • Keep a close eye on the process, and adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Do not let the water boil vigorously, as this can cause the chocolate to overheat.
  7. Remove from Heat:
    • Once the chocolate and butter have completely melted and combined into a smooth mixture, remove the bowl from the saucepan. Be cautious as the bowl may be hot.
  8. Use as Desired:
    • Use the melted chocolate and butter immediately in your recipe or allow it to cool slightly before incorporating it into your baking or cooking.


  • Ensure that no water or steam comes into contact with the chocolate, as this can cause it to seize.
  • Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate any unmelted chocolate.
  • For a richer flavor, you can add a pinch of salt or a splash of vanilla extract to the melted chocolate and butter.

Enjoy the luxurious, silky texture of your melted chocolate and butter, ready to be incorporated into your favorite recipes!

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