I say ganache inside quotation marks because this part of the recipe is actually the result of repeated failures. Originally I had planned to just melt chocolate, flavor it with orange, and then make it into the shape of orange slices. What I discovered after extensive experimentation is that orange will cause chocolate to seize. I'm sure someone has a suggestion for another way to deal with this, but here is the improvised ganache I made through experimentation. It actually results in something a bit more solid than a real ganache.
For a proper ganache, check out Anatomy of a Truffle'
s instructions. Following the basic recipe, add orange with the cream and butter. For my version and/or a vegan version, read on below!Ingredients the chocolate orange "ganache"
--7.05 OZ or 200g of chocolate (about 2 bars), chopped into chunks no larger than 1cm squared. For the outer chocolate shell you will need another 100g-200g of chocolate.The chocolate can be milk or dark according to taste, however try to pick something classy. I find that higher quality chocolate makes for better results. Fillers can make the chocolate unpredictable. If you can find high-quality chocolate chips you can skip the chopping stage, but often chips are inferior.
--A generous tablespoon of butter, vegan margarine, or really any kind of oil or fat that doesn't have offensive tasteFor you vegans, I've had a lot of success making chocolate truffles with full-fat coconut milk--just scoop off the creamy solids that rise to the top and reserve most of the coconut milk for some other cooking project.
--The zest of half an orangeFeel free to use more zest. You can also use orange extract.
--Warm waterYou will also need:
--Some form of double boilerAs you will see, I like to use a cast iron skillet with some water in it, with a saucepan over top.
--A silicone mold in the shape of citrus segments.You may need to google to find this, try looking for novelty ice trays as well as candy making supplies.I got mine from Lakeland while visiting my gran.
Alternatively you could make your own with food-grade silicone inspired by great Instructables like LeGummies.
You can also just make wedges by making round truffles and molding them into a crescent shape.
--A zesting grater
--A spatula, knife, cutting board, you know...
NOTE: If you are gathering ingredients for the whole Instructable, don't forget to look at Step 4: Ingredients for Candying Orange Peels.