Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine's Day Treat: Chocolate Ganache and Shortbread

I thought I would share one of my favorite dessert tricks because it is perfect for Valentine's Day, since it involves chocolate.  

This is a very quick and easy way of achieving dessert perfection (chocolate = dessert perfection) with a minimal amount of prep time......

This is my go-to dessert when I want a delicious, homemade chocolate dessert (well, almost homemade) and I don't have the time or energy to bake.  Don't get me  wrong, I LOVE to bake and usually need little encouragement to do so, but there are those rare times when I just don't feel like it (or I want a yummy chocolate dessert now and don't want to take the time to make it and know I'm not going to get anything ready-made worth my time and money at the store).  

Simple and so easy, it involves three key ingredients: heavy whipping cream, good chocolate, and good, store-bought shortbread......

The cream and chocolate is for the ganache, which is, essentially...... cream and chocolate.  

All you do is heat up the cream until it simmers and add it to a bowl of broken up chocolate. I show chopped up chocolate here.....

......simply because I wanted the fun of using my new camera to get lots of detailed shots of the texture and ragged edges of the chopped up pieces; you do not need to take the time (and dirty the utensils) to chop up the chocolate.  

All you really need to do is break up the chocolate bar into smaller pieces using your hands and then toss the pieces into a bowl.... where they will happily wait until you add the hot cream.  Once you add the cream, let it sit for about a minute and then use a whisk to beat the mixture until it is thick and shiny...and yummy.  See! So quick and easy.  

Pour into a pretty bowl or teacup, place it on a plate with some shortbread, put some pretty flowers in a vase, and, voila!, you have a quick and easy Valentine's Day celebration for you and your honey.....

......your children.....

......friends and family.....  

The shortbread gets dipped into the ganache or you can use it to make shortbread/ganache sandwiches......

For best results I like to use Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chocolate and Walkers Shortbread 'fingers', which work well for dipping into the chocolate.

And here is the recipe....

Linking to
Foodie Friday and Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
The Scoop #157 at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tasty Tuesday at the New Mrs Adventures
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Best of the Weekend at Little Miss Celebration


  1. You had me at "chocolate", Melissa. Your photography skills are superb. This post looks like a magazine spread. ~ Nancy

  2. YUM! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  3. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for pinning the recipe to your Pinterest board!