I’m going to be honest, I made this by accident. It wasn’t intended to be a chocolate ganache, I was just trying to make a French hot chocolate. But I guess some of the best things come out of accidents, this one just happened to be really tasty!
In its heated form, it really was a decadent drink; rich, creamy, and dark. But the one key thing that I believe changed it was that I added a little too much dark chocolate (more than what the recipe called for). So when I placed the rest in the fridge and took it out the next day, I realized that it had completely firmed into this amazing chocolate ganache.
It was still rich and creamy, but the texture was now this crazy smoothness that I couldn’t get over. I wanted to replicate it, and so I did.
And now that I’ve been able to recreate it, I’ve decided to add a twist to it and add raspberry coulis, which is very simple to make. It rounds out the dark richness of the chocolate ganache with a nice sweet and tangy flavor. It’s the perfect combination.
Just look at how well they pair together…Sorry, I’ll get to the cooking process.
First, you’re going to pour the milk and heavy whipping cream into a medium saucepan. Heat on a medium-high setting and stir often until small bubbles start to form on the sides of the cream mixture. Just make sure that you don’t let it boil.
Put in the powdered sugar and mix until dissolved.
Now, take your chopped dark chocolate and place it into the cream mixture stirring constantly.
Side Note: You’ll want to use a chocolate baking bar for this, not chocolate chips. The consistency comes out more smooth as opposed to getting tiny chunks of chocolate all throughout. I use Ghirardelli’s semi-sweet chocolate baking bar which you can get in the baking aisle of your store.
After a minute or two, it should be completely melted (it’s actually fun to watch it keep on getting thicker and darker as it melts).
Once it’s finished, pour the melted creamy chocolate mixture into a couple ramekins, small cups, or even a small mason jar
like in the picture.
Place in fridge and let it sit for eight hours or overnight. I prefer to make it the night before or in the morning so that it’s ready to go for dessert.
Now onto the Raspberry coulis! The process is fairly simple; get a container of raspberries (however many you want), heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, and mash it up with your fork (or put in a blender).
Once it’s a liquid consistency, pour it through a sieve and discard all of the seeds. Then, put powdered sugar and lemon (or lime) juice into the raspberry puree. Stir until thoroughly mixed, then place in the fridge with the chocolate ganache.
And once it’s dessert time, you can share with friends or family…or just yourself. Be careful though, eating too much of this rich chocolaty goodness may give you a stomach ache.
Dark Chocolate Ganache with Raspberry Coulis
A deliciously rich dark chocolate ganache balanced with raspberry coulis.
Serves 3-4 people