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 taste
For 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 orange
Feel free to use more zest. You can also use orange extract.
You will also need:
--Some form of double boiler
As 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.