Chocolate Ganache With the Magic of Cheese | Cupcake Project

Chocolate Ganache With the Magic of Cheese

Smooth, rich, indulgent chocolate ganache is always a smart choice for a sophisticated cupcake.  Imagine, if you will, making that chocolate ganache using not only your favorite dark chocolate, but also your favorite soft cheese.  What you end up with is a magical ganache that has a complexity that you won’t soon forget.  You’ll find that the bowl of ganache will have a magnetic pull on you.  You’ll resist putting it into the sink because you’ll always be able to find just one more lick of the chocolate – and wouldn’t it be a shame to wash even the smallest taste down the drain?

Which Soft Cheese Should You Use?

Really, any soft cheese would work – think Brie and Camembert. Pick something that doesn’t get all stringy when it heats up.  You want a cheese that has a description of “like butter”.  I used a less common (for the United States) cheese called Chaumes. I would never have even heard of this cheese were it not for the free sample that I received from Isle de France.  And – let me tell you – this is one weird cheese.

I could mince my words, but to give you a fair picture, I must share that Chaumes (at least our very ripe sample of it) smells like fart – not the kind that clears a room, the subtle kind that leaves you looking around wondering who did it.  I almost didn’t eat it.  Why eat something that smells like a bodily function?  Because it tastes delectable – like a gourmet creamy munster cheese.  Seriously, people – this nasty smelling cheese tasted so good that I had trouble saving it to use in the ganache.  I felt like a mouse wanting to nibble and nibble and nibble. The only other time that I have encountered something that smelled so bad and tasted so good was my Thailand encounter with the stinky fruit, durian.  Durian’s stench is so obtrusive that it’s banned from many public places. However, it is refreshing and sweet to eat.

While I loved the Chaumes in my ganache, some of my tasters were too scared off by the smell to approach the cupcakes.  For a timid group, I’d suggest starting with a tamer cheese.

Cheesy Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Chocolate Ganache With the Magic of Cheese

Chocolate Ganache With the Magic of Cheese

Ingredients

  • 3 oz dark chocolate, loosely chopped
  • 2 oz soft cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 2 oz heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Melt the dark chocolate in a small saucepan on very low heat or in a double boiler (a double boiler reduces the risk of the chocolate burning).
  2. Add the cheese and mix continuously until it is melted and integrated.
  3. Mix in the sugar.
  4. Remove from heat and quickly mix in the heavy whipping cream.
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Psssst… the cupcake recipe for the cupcake at the top of this post is coming soon.

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13 Responses to Chocolate Ganache With the Magic of Cheese

  1. Joy May 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    What an unique way to make ganache. It is give a different taste to the chocolate?

  2. Eliana May 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    oh my goodness, cheese and chocolate – i am drooling here just thinking aout it.

  3. The College Baker May 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    I am beyond intrigued by that cheese! I might just have to go on a hunt for it now, gross smell and all. And the chocolate-cheese combination sounds absolutely heavenly- thanks for sharing!

  4. Pink Little Cake May 19, 2010 at 4:53 am #

    This recipe sounds very interesting. I would love to try it. Cheese and chocolate are my favorites.

  5. Girl Foodie May 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    I adore cheese and chocolate together and I can just imagine how this would taste. Rich and complex (bringing to mind the dark chocolate and tallegio cheese truffle from Vosges)

  6. Ivy May 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    YOU”RE CRAZY! LOL

  7. Valen May 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    Wow, I haven’t tried chocolate and cheese together yet, but someday I will. I used to think it would be disgusting, not anymore, I think they would compliment each other well. This is a really good idea!

  8. Natalie May 20, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    So interesting… would have NEVER combined the two! Awesome though.

  9. Sweet Lady in Barcelona May 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    Cheese and Chocolate?? Very creative. I will have to try it out this weekend. Great blog!

  10. Matthew Kadey MSc., RD June 3, 2010 at 5:04 am #

    Cheese and chocolate. Now that is a power couple. At muffintinmania.com my goal is to make as much as possible in muffin tins so I will have to remember this combo.

  11. Edinburgh July 13, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    I adore cheese and chocolate together

  12. Sara June 3, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Crazy or not, Here I go! Thanks for sharing!

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