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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

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Chocolate Ganache With the Magic of Cheese

Imagine, if you will, making chocolate ganache using not only your favorite dark chocolate, but also your favorite soft cheese.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate and cheese ganache, dark chocolate ganache
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 90kcal

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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).
  • Add the cheese and mix continuously until it is melted and integrated.
  • Mix in the sugar.
  • Remove from heat and quickly mix in the heavy whipping cream.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Ganache With the Magic of Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Potassium 60mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 6g
Vitamin A 2.7%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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