Friday, February 25, 2011

sinfully delicious: ganache goodness

tomorrow we're celebrating my mom's birthday.  (her actual birthday was yesterday.)  and i'm in charge of making the birthday "cake".  my mom loves chocolate, so each year i try a new decadently chocolate delight...always in search of the ultimate chocolate indulgence.

real simple inspiration
this year, i was inspired by a "real simple" recipe for a hazelnut ganache tart with sea salt.  but you know me, i can never just follow a recipe...  so i modified it a bit to better suit my mom's chocolate preferences : )

instead of hazelnuts, a medley of almonds and pecans.  instead of a chocolate cookie crust, an orange butter wafer crust instead.  (my mom's favorite is dark chocolate with orange.)

the recipe...that i changed...
ganache way : )

1/2 cup almonds + 1/4 cup pecans (3/4 cup total)
1 1/2 cups crushed orange wafer cookies (approximately 30 wafers)
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, melted
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
12 oz semisweet chocolate morsels
1 teaspoon flaky sea salt

1.heat oven to 350° F. spread the nuts on a large rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven, tossing occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes.

roasted almonds & pecans a food processor, finely grind ½ cup of the nut mixture. add the crushed cookies and butter and pulse until moistened. press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch removable-bottom fluted tart pan. crust on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until dry, 10 to 12 minutes (if the crust puffs up during baking, gently press it down with the back of a spoon). let cool in the pan on a wire rack.

ganache - step one

ganache - step two
4.meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring the cream just to a boil. remove from heat and whisk in the chocolate until smooth. pour into the cooled tart shell. refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

waterfall of delight
5.chop the remaining ¼ cup nuts and sprinkle on the tart.

the final result
6.sprinkle with the salt just before serving. for the easiest slicing, use a thin, sharp knife, wiping it clean and running it under hot water between slices.

for the original recipe from "real simple" click {here}

are you feeling creative?  i think a pretzel & peanut crust would be delicious and then top the ganache filling with chopped roasted peanuts or maybe even add a peanut butter swirl in the ganache.  or maybe a vanilla sugar cookie crust and then top each slice with homemade whipped cream and berries... yummy!

i am sooo looking forward to finally trying my creation tomorrow night.  i have a feeling it's going to be divine.  how can you go wrong with chocolate?

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  1. those look DELICIOUS!!! You will definitely need to let us know how they taste!

  2. That looks delicious! And I totally grabbed the badge, so swank! :)

  3. You are killing me here! I'm a chocoholic and that ganache is calling my name. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  4. OMGosh I think I just gained 3 pounds just looking at that delisciousness. My mouth is watering!!

  5. oh its a good thing I can't reach thru this screen! Wow.

  6. Whoa, yum! That looks amaaaaaaaazing. I'm totally craving something chocolately now.

  7. looks divine! Happy birthday to your mama!

  8. Looks amazing! I loved roasted nuts, they complete any chocolate dessert!

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  9. I bet your Mum will be thrilled with the results! It looks like a delicious creation. Happy Birthday to her.

  10. This looks delicious! What a wonderful birthday cake for your Mom. :) Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm following you now too!

  11. oh. my. cholocolatey. goodness...thank you for this decadent recipe...and thanks for linking up to fridays unfolded!

    stuff and nonsense

  12. It's beautiful! And I love that you made those substitutions which made it so personalized and delish! I'm sure your mom loved it!

    xo Mary Jo

  13. These look great. I love that you changed the recipe to suit you! I will have to try these soon!

  14. Happy Birthday to your mom, sweetie. That cake looks amazing! happy Monday

  15. That looks amazing!! :) I adore dark chocolate, it's gorgeous! Well done on making it yourself! x

  16. Pretzel and Peanut crust?? You are a GENIUS!

    Lexi @


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