I travel alot and often find myself staying in places where I only have access to basic cooking facilities. But I love cooking and baking, particularly when it comes to cakes, cookies and chocolate. Here is my quick and simple Chocolate Ganache Cake, no oven required, just a stove and a fridge. Have have made this many times on my travels for friends, host families I am staying with, or just when i need a chocolate fix!
It should last a week or so in the fridge only made by I have never know one to last that long to test that theory.
Step 1: Ingredients
You only need four ingredients:
400g biscuits, ( I use digestive biscuits, but you could also use hobnobs, ginger nuts, or anything with a bit of texture)
250g chocolate, (Here I used dark chocolate but you can also use milk chocolate or a mix of both to taste)
200g butter (unsalted)
235ml cream. (double)
Step 2: Method
First melt the butter in a pan, and while you are waiting for it to melt crush the biscuits in a bowl, this can be done roughly so the crumbs are of different sizes.
Once the butter has melted pour into the broken biscuits and mix well.
Step 3: Method Part 2
pour the biscuit mix into a tray lined with paper or clingfilm, to make it easier to remove later and pack down well.
Step 4: Method Part 3
Over a pan of hot water place a glass bowl with the cream in it making sure the bowl does not touch the water in the pan to heat the cream.
This needs to be done slowly under a medium heat. If the cream gets too hot it will separate and ruin.
Step 5: Method Part 4
Add the chocolate to to warm cream and mix till all the chocolate has melted and well mixed with the cream.
Step 6: Method 5
Pour the melted ganache (chocolate/cream mix) on top of the biscuit base.
Step 7: Optional Extra´s
An optional extra is to grate some chocolate on top of the finished cake. Here I am using white chocolate for contrast but you can use any chocolate you have.
Or use a chocolate dusting for a velvet finish.
Step 8: Finish
Once you have finished leave it to cool a little before placing in the fridge to set. I should take a couple of hours to be set after that you can remove from the fridge, using the cling film you can life from the tray and cut into pieces.
Note: Before i placed my in the fridge i ran a knife through the top of the cake to leave a pattern on the top and gave me a guide as to where to cut the cake once cooled.
Hope you enjoyed this, give it a try and let me know what you think.