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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Vegan Chocolate Ganache


















This Ganache has become quite special to me when baking for the ones I love. Besides the fact that any ganache saves one from having to skillfully frost a cake in order to achieve something that is aesthetically pleasing, this one has the advantage of being made from rich, yet also wholesome ingredients. Organic Earth Balance, vanilla soy milk, and dark vegan chocolate come together to create an extremely delicious and also cholesterol & trans fat free ganache.

One might ask why even bother with trying to avoid these types of fats in an undeniably decadent food like frosting or ganache. And, at some point in my life, I might have agreed with such a statement. But, as the years pass, I find myself understanding sustenance in reference to health more & more. I want the food I eat and that I feed my lovelies to be pure and wholesome, and I know many of you feel this way too. Plus, this ganache is delicious and allows us to indulge (there's still plenty of saturated fat) while feeling just a bit less guilty!


Vegan Chocolate Ganache
1 Cup Dark Vegan Chocolate
2 Tbsp. Organic Earth Balance
1/3 Cup Vanilla Soy Milk
1 Tbsp. Strong Coffee
A pinch of Cinnamon (Optional)

In the top of a double boiler, place the Earth Balance and soy milk. Bring the water below to a very low simmer and whisk. Mix in the coffee and cinnamon. Add the chocolate. Once it looks like it is beginning to melt, whisk until smooth. Remove from the heat immediately. This should all happen quite quickly, as chocolate can burn.

This is enough ganache to place about 1/3 between two layer cakes and the rest on top.
























What is Earth Balance? See here.

42 comments:

  1. Hey Stella Sweetie....how about you just ganachen yourself right over here and we can share!..he he! YUMM!

    xoxo

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  2. This looks delightfully chocolatey! It's always nice to have a "lazy" option so as not to spend hours trying to achieve that smooth frosting look. :)

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  3. Thanks for the recipe! This definitely looks as awesome as it looks! Yum! Super chocolatey, my favorite!

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  4. Awesome, it looks so mouth watering :)

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  5. LOL I actually shrieked when your page opened on my screen! That's the effect deep, dark chocolate ganache has on me! Ooooh...my knees are about to buckle. You are a very, very naughty witch! ;)

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  6. I am for chocolate anything and your very chocolatey ganache is just so tempting for me :D

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  7. Chocolate is chocolate. This looks so shiney and beautiful that I'm tempted to eat my screen.

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  8. Dahling Stella - You had me at chocolate. Then again you had me at ganache!

    I could so do with some of this right NOW....

    Lovely & yummy.

    PS - Love the cabbage savory take on the turnovers too :)

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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  9. It looks so velvety and pretty, adds an elegant touch to everything :D

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  10. It looks fantastic! Drooling! As a chocolate fan, I must have some of this right now. YUM!

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  11. I love that chocolate oozing down the sides look! It makes me drool. I've never worked with vegan chocolate or Earth Balance, but it sure looks as good as any other ganache!

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  12. Oh drool-worthy! And that's coming from a lifelong chocoholic. Now I gotta work on that chocolate strawberry cookie post. You know, the one I made on my sleepless Saturday night.

    I love that shine on your frosting.

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  13. oh wow, very nice and it looks so chocoately rich..I love it great recipe...I'm sure I can find something to slather this on..haha

    sweetlife

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  14. An excellent recipe for ganache! I especially love the addition of coffee!

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  15. hi,

    thanks for stopping, regarding Cheese(paneer), you can find in any Indian grocery stores, now a days i saw its available in some Costco locations too or you can make it at home too..here is the link to how to make at home

    http://preetyskitchen.blogspot.com/2009/08/how-to-make-homemade-paneer-indian_05.html

    Lovely ganache recipe..i don't even need a cake to put it over i have have it as it is by myself

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  16. For some reason I can't see your images. I love chocolate ganache, and i agree it's a quick and easy way to make a cake look amazing without too much hassle. Thanks for stopping by blog.

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  17. Your magic is definitely welcome in my house any time! In fact, can you make that dispear from your kitchen and into mine right now? Oh how yummy that must taste. Another magical creation Stella - love it! Now if only I wasn't such a klutz at baking. Have a magical day ;-)

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  18. A really handy recipe in case a vegan friend came over!

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  19. Never mind vegans (which I'm not)! This looks wonderful for anyone who is a chocolate fan. Stella, I love what you're doing in your blog. I grow my own organic veggies and fruits, but I must say I fall off the wagon when it comes to sourcing staples like flour, rice, and other some other ingredients. Thanks for reminding me that I need to get back with the program, and thanks for this recipe.

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  20. And it's with recipes like this that I keep coming to visit!! It's always good to have a healthy alternative. I so want to eat that straight from the bowl!

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  21. Your ganache looks like perfection! Nice job!

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  22. Last year I had 4 Vegan's I cooked for, this would have been such a nice treat for them!! I will keep the recipe handy!!

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  23. ouch! look at that gloss... This is not good. I haven't had breakkie yet. Hunger! Hunger!

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  24. Ooh, that looks amazing! I agree, if you can make something a bit better for the environment and yourself, without sacrificing taste or breaking the bank, then why not?

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  25. Great photos. This sounds delicious!

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  26. BEautiful photos and I agree with you; I try to be careful but chocolate is chocolate and one must satisfy a deep need, one must not? great idea to sub with vegan things.

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  27. Stella, this is grand! I love how the ingredients are not that hard to find. And the thought of cinnamon in it. . .

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  28. Oh God, my mouth just totally filled with saliva when I saw this post! The addition of coffee to enhance the chocolatey-ness is brilliant!
    I don't have any vegan friends, but I do have lactose intolerant ones who will LOVE this! Thanks for the recipe! xo

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  29. Thank you for this recipe Stella....real chocolate upsets my stomach SO much !!!!
    I wanted to tell you: I am one of those strange people who adopted a black cat !!!! When I was living in the south of France (Pau) I adopted a black kitten . We called him Negro (very original) This cat travelled with us from Paris to Buenos Aires in business class !!! Who said black cat are unlucky???? He is cute !!!!
    un beso grande

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  30. Oh just looking at that gives me goosebumps....chocolate!!!! YUM!

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  31. MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm! My kitchen witch outdid herself this time! This is yummy stuff right here.

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  32. This looks wonderful. I love the addition of coffee, and strong coffee at that (the only kind I like!). Thanks for sharing this creation!

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  33. Stella, this ganache looks absolutely divine, I adore dark chocolatey chocolate!!! Great job!

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  34. The ooziness of the chocolate ganache is making me drool (I'll spare you further details!). And glad to hear that you can indulge in a fairly healthy manner.

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  35. Though I am not a chocolate love, I find this enticing.

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  36. Oh stella, that looks gorgeous and delicious and so delightfully chocolatey!

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  37. So shiny! So chocolaty! So won over :) Looks very decadent minus the guilt.

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  38. I love your site - it just proves you can eat healthy and delicious desserts at the same time!

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  39. Oh, YUM! I just made a chocolate cardamom ganache. It's to die for! And I made too much (darn) which will be turned into truffles. OH yeah.

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  40. It's only been recently that I've started making vegan desserts... and I've been very impressed by the results. This is yet another fantastic example of what one can do.

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