EHChocolatier’s Recipe for Chocolate Ganache Truffles & Dipping Squares

by Nicole Flemming
Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017



EHChocolatier's simple recipe for ganache can be used as a base for more creative endeavors. (Photo: Courtesy of EHChocolatier)

Chocolate ganache — which can be rolled into truffles, draped over cakes and used as a divine dip for strawberries — is a surprisingly easy treat to make. Good quality chocolate, cream and butter are the base.

But this recipe is infinitely adaptable. You want tea-flavored ganache? Bring the cream to a gentle boil, then steep your favorite brew right in the pot. If you are using loose leaves, pour the infusion through a fine mesh strainer and you’ve got tea cream! Try adding warm spices like cinnamon or coriander, or spice things up with some smoky ground chipotle. For a brighter take, make the most of winter citrus fruits by adding the zest of oranges, grapefruit or lemon. Think of this recipe as a rich, creamy canvas for whatever chocolate concoction you dream up.

Recipe provided by EHChocolatier.
 

Ingredients

  • 10 1/2 ounces of your favorite kind of chocolate (equals 1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 ounces heavy cream (equals 1/2 cup)
  • 3 3/4 ounces light corn syrup (equals 1/3 cup + 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 1/2 ounces unsalted butter, very soft but not melted (equals 5 tablespoons)

 

Directions

  1. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan with plastic wrap.
  2. Chop chocolate and put in a heatproof bowl.
  3. Bring cream and corn syrup just to a boil in a saucepan, pour over chocolate and let sit for a minute.
  4. Stir with a spatula until combined and looks like thick pudding.
  5. Add butter and blend until fully incorporated.
  6. Pour ganache into pan and let sit at room temperature until set, usually 2 to 4 hours.
  7. From there, you have the option to make cocoa-dusted rolled truffles, or dipping squares.


For cocoa-dusted rolled truffles
Lift square of ganache from the pan and cut into 1-inch squares. Dust hands with cocoa powder and roll ganache squares into balls, coating with cocoa powder.

For dipping squares
Lift square of ganache from the pan. Turn over, remove plastic wrap and apply a thin coat of melted chocolate and let set. Turn ganache back over and cut into 1-inch squares. Temper (melt) chocolate and dip squares. Store in cool, dry place, not the refrigerator.

About the Author

Craving Boston's Nicole is a Boston Globe correspondent, freelance writer, and author of The Girl Who Ate Boston food blog. She studies journalism at Northeastern University. When she isn’t eating great food and telling people about it, she watches film noir and plays video games to revive her appetite.

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