A few years ago I discovered ganache. Sounds fancy, right? It is sooooo easy to make and really fits the bill for those late night chocolate cravings. All you need is chocolate and heavy whipping cream. I usually try to keep a pint of whipping cream in the fridge...it lasts up to a month.
Chocolate Cake with Fleur del Sel Caramel filling on bon appetit's website. My mouth is watering as I remember what that first bite was like...heavenly! I took one shortcut, and made the caramel filling with Kraft caramels and a little evaporated milk. I might've added too much milk, because before the icing had a chance to set up, the cake layers started sliding...and after going through that much trouble, you don't want an earthquake cake! So, I'd recommend placing long wooden skewers through the layers to hold it all together until ganache sets.
Ganache can be used as an icing for cakes, cupcakes, tarts, cheesecake toppings, etc. It's delectable as a warm chocolate dip for fruit. The nice thing too about ganache, is that you can decide how sweet you want it. I used Ghirardelli's 60% chocolate baking chips, but you can also purchase the 70% chocolate bars, etc. The fruit adds the sweetness, so I find that the 60-70% chocolate works great! So, if you're watching your sugar levels, ganache is a great option.
then stir, until all the chips are melted. Waaalaaa...you have ganache!!!!
Your Valentine will love it!!! It's also delicious on ice cream!
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