It began with a simple question: What would happen if I substituted fancy beer for cream in a ganache recipe? What would beer ganache taste like?
Well, given the deliciousness of chocolate stout cupcakes, I figured there was a chance that I could be successful. So I heated up the beer, and then mixed it with mixed dark and milk chopped chocolate in an equal quantity. It came out very well: malty and deep-tasting, not too boozy. Actually, genuinely good.
Here's how you can make this magic happen at home. As seen on cakespy dot com
Step 1: Assemble Your Ingredients
- 10 ounces fancy stout beer (I used Cappuccino Stout by Lagunitas)
- 10 ounces chopped chocolate (I used a mix of dark and milk chocolate)
Note: you can use whatever quantity you like, as long as the beer and chocolate are in equal weights.
Step 2: Heat the Beer to the Simmering Point
Put the beer in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to bubble (not to be confused with the fizz), like it's just shy of boiling.
Step 3: Combine the Beer and Chocolate
Either add the chocolate to the pan, or pour the hot beer over chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
Step 4: Mix Thoroughly
Mix until combined, and the chocolate has melted.
Step 5: Let It Set
Let set until it has reached cool room temperature. Use as a cake filling, glaze, or a tasty cookie dip.