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Chocolate Ganache Cups

Chocolate Ganache Cups

To Make the Chocolate Cups

melted chocolate (12 ounces will make approximately 48 candy cups)
foil or paper candy cups or mini muffin papers

Place a dollop of chocolate in the bottom of the cup (it should come about 1/4 of the way up the side.) Using a small paint brush paint the chocolate evenly up the sides. Repeat with the remaining cups. Refrigerate cups until firm. Remove the cups from the refrigerator. Paint a second coat of chocolate on the sides and on any thin spots on the bottom or the cup. Refrigerate again until firm. Carefully and gently remove the wrapper. The chocolate cups are very fragile and a few may break during this process so it is a good idea to make a few extras just in case.

For Ganache
12 ounces good quality dark chocolate
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

There are two ways to make this ganache, with a food processor or an immersion blender. If using a food processor coarsely chop the chocolate and then process it in a food processor until finely chopped. Heat the almond milk until just boiling (this can be done in the microwave). Pour it into the food processor while the motor is running. Process until the chocolate is fully melted. Add the vanilla and then process until smooth and glossy.

If using an immersion blender chop the chocolate until it is in very small pieces, no bigger than a lentil. Place the chocolate in a large bowl. Heat the almond milk until just boiling (this can be done in the microwave). Pour the almond milk slowly over the chocolate while blending with the immersion blender. Add the vanilla and blend until smooth and glossy.

Pour the ganache into a shallow dish and let stand at room temperature until it has set, at least a few hours (the time it will take to set is determined by how warm the kitchen is). Once the ganache has set it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month.

To fill the cups place the ganache in a pastry bag fit with a large tip. (I like a star tip, but a round tip will work too.) If you do not have a pastry bag the ganache can be piped out of a large ziplock bag with a corner cut off. Pipe the ganache into the chocolate cups and top with assorted garnishes, such as candied kumquats, natural maraschino cherries, fresh fruit like strawberries or raspberries, or even some grated chocolate or a chocolate covered coffee bean.*

*if making these for Passover use fresh fruit , chocolate  or homemade candied kumquats since the purchased candied fruit toppings are not certified Kosher for Passover.