Hard Cider Ganache
Sometimes, really good things come to those who don’t restock their pantry. You see, I made you a cake. I made you the tastiest, most simple, flourless chocolate cake you’ve ever seen. It’s decadent and delicious and if you follow me on Snapchat (@fedandfit), you got to see the cake come together in a series of videos. I’ll post the full recipe here in a few days. This awesome cake needed a chocolaty crescendo, a finishing touch. My first inclination was “ganache!” I thought that I’d just whip up a simple coconut milk ganache, slather it on the top of the dessert marvel, and then call it a day. THEN, I opened my pantry. The shelf designated for coconut milk in my neat and tidy type-A pantry was empty. EMPTY! I couldn’t believe it! Didn’t I JUST buy a whole case of coconut milk? What’s girl to do? How am I supposed to make ganache?
I put my thinking cap on and decided to throw caution to the wind. A couple bottles of hard cider had found their way into my refrigerator …I thought, well, that could be delicious. If I add some butter, it could end up with about the same fat content as coconut milk. Let’s give it a go!
Holy moly. This ganache is GOOD. And fun! Because you get bonus leftover hard cider, too.
I think I love my accidental recipe successes almost more than I love my recipes that required a LOT more work – like the Perfect Paleo Pie Crust in my Holiday Feast eBook. Oh boy that one was a labor of love. 12 batches and then I finally nailed the recipe.
This one was a labor of a different kind of love. It was an impulsive, fun, creative love. A love of chocolate and of bonus leftover cider. Also, a love of butter. Because everything is better with a little grass-fed butter.
Long story short, this ganache blew my socks so far off that I decided it needed a photo shoot and recipe post all on its own. I DID put it on the cake, but this ganache is great as-is, too …on some berries, or on a spoon.
If you’re looking for a simple recipe for Valentines Day, a girl’s night in, or for a quick dessert option at a brunch you’re hosting, this ganache will deliver!
Hard Cider Ganache
Yield: About 9, 2-tablespoon servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 1/2 pound dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 cup hard cider
- 4 tablespoons grass-fed butter
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Place the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and set aside.
- Add the hard cider, butter, and sea salt together in a small sauce pan. Whisk together over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until the butter is melted and everything is well-incorporated. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, and stir occasionally for an additional 5 minutes.
- Pour the hot buttered cider over the chocolate pieces and let it sit undisturbed for 5 minutes. Then, using a whisk, mix the now melted chocolate until smooth. Use right away to top cakes or drizzle on berries.
- If the ganache gets too stiff to use, simply place the heat-proof bowl over a smaller pot of boiling water and stir until it has a consistency you need.
- Leftovers will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.