During my Saturday morning ritual of Food Network and coffee, I watched an episode of a program where the chefs created a delicious dessert bar with one main ingredient: chocolate ganache. Really? Really! Really.
If you've never made it, chocolate ganache is one of the easiest, most decadent things you can make in the dessert world. Two simple ingredients: good chocolate and heavy cream. Need I say more?
So, when I had a small dinner party for some coworkers coming up that week, instead of making a complicated, heavy, rich dessert, I decided to "fancify" some chocolate ganache by creating a dessert tray starring none other than Chocolate Ganache herself.
How? It's super easy:
- Chop up the chocolate into small pieces.
- Heat the chocolate in a glass bowl over a simmering pot of water.
- Add in an equal amount of cream into the chocolate.
- Stir until chocolate is smooth and shiny.
Once you've melted the chocolate, you're only limitations are your creativity. Going for a bit of a delicate, classic feel to be the perfect capstone to the Italian Sausage Lasagna I was serving as the main course. I filled phyllo dough mini-tart shells with the ganache and topped them with crushed up English toffee and sliced strawberries.
A big fan of "fancify-ing" pre-made delictables, I also bought some yummy almond biscotti bars and dipped them in the ganache for a special treat with coffee.
And the result was pure bliss.