Do you like beer?
In general, I do not. But in recent years I have come to appreciate a few what I will call "fancy beers" - the type that cost more than the average six pack, have the word "handcrafted" somewhere on the packaging, and that the average football watching dude would probably scoff at.
The only problem is that a lot of the fancy beers only come in 22 ounce bottles. Now, as an occasional beer drinker, this is an insanely large quantity to me; I have never and probably will never be able to finish an entire bottle. And as it simply isn't the same the next day (flat!) and I'm the only one in my house who drinks it, it has been relegated to "occasional" treat, and I usually end up throwing out the un-consumed portion.
I hate waste.
So the last time I bought a fancy-ish beer called Cappuccino Stout, I had some, and then decided to experiment with the rest.
What would happen if I substituted fancy beer for cream in a ganache recipe? What would beer ganache taste like?
Well, given the success 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.
I let it sit until it firmed a bit, and here's what it looked like.
And as for the taste? Surprisingly good. Like, actually good. The beer didn't so much taste beer-y anymore, but it more imparted a malty, caramelly taste to the chocolate. If I had been given a sample and you'd asked me to do a blind taste, I would have said that it was some sort of malted chocolate sauce.
Stout beer ganache is definitely worth your time. I think I'll try it on top of brownies next!
Actually-Good Beer Ganache
- 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.
- 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.
- Either add the chocolate to the pan, or pour the hot beer over chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
- Mix until combined, and the chocolate has melted.
- Let set until it has reached cool room temperature. Enjoy as a cake filling, icing, or as a tasty dip for cookies.