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Olive Oil Dark Chocolate Ganache

I’ve been making simple homemade ganache for years… a quick and easy dessert that’s a crowd pleaser, through and through. But after hearing about olive oil chocolate mousse on my travels through Greece last year, I decided I had to try it or recreate my own version. Lets just say it was a success [based on the speed my husband demolished his].

What you’ll need:

  • 60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil (look for a bold, rich and fruity flavour)
  • 300ml Cream
  • 180g Dark Chocolate (look for a good quality dark chocolate with at least 30% Cocoa butter) I use Stevia 70% Cocoa chocolate nibs.
  • Salt – optional

1. Over a bain-marie (heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water), gently melt the chocolate ensuring the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water in the pot.
2. Once the chocolate is completely melted, turn off the heat.

3. Stir in the olive oil until the mixture is completely combined.
4. Slowly pour half of the cream into the chocolate and olive oil mixture, and mix well.

5. Pour the remainder of the cream into the mixture – stirring more vigorously as the mixture will be of a thicker (but still runny) consistency.
6. Once the mixture is consistent, pour into four standard sized ramekins. 
7. To bring out the fruity olive oil flavour and bitter sweetness of the chocolate sprinkle with salt.
8. The ganache can be served hot and runny with biscotti or strawberries for dipping.
9. To serve the ganache chilled, allow the mixture to cool outside of the fridge. When the top looks darker in colour with a glossy finish, pop the ramekins in the fridge to fully set. I serve my ganache with spelt cookies and chilled coffee. Delish!

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Crunchy Choc Nib & Goji Slice

A few weeks ago a girlfriend of mine served up these yummy, crunchy, bitter sweet slices with our afternoon tea. My mind, as it typically does, started to try and identify each ingredient. A few weeks later, still thinking about how good the slice was…I needed to attempt a replica.

What you need:

  • 1.5 Cups Activated Buckwheat
  • 250g Pitted Dates
  • 1/2 Cup Goji Berries
  • 1/2 Cup Cacao Nibs
  • 1/2 Cup Cacao Powder + 1/4 cup spare for dusting
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Vanilla Bean Pod

Instructions:
1.In a large bowl, place the activate buckwheat, cacao nibs, cinnamon and seeded vanilla pod. 2.Meanwhile soak the goji berries in lukewarm water until soft. Drain the water and gently squeeze the goji berries to remove any excess water 3.Chop the dates into small chunks and with a fork squash/mix into a paste. 4.Combine the goji berries and date paste together 5. Now combine the goji and date mixture with the dry ingredients – mix well.

6. Add the 1/2 cup of cacao powder to the gooey mixture 7. If your mixture is too wet, add more cacao powder and or buckwheat. Form into a ball. 8. Place your mixture onto a lined tray.

9. Flatten out the mixture into a rectangular shape. 10. On a new lined tray, dust cacao powder and carefully flip the flattened slice mixture onto the cacao powder.

11. Peel the parchment paper off and dust the remaining exposed side with cacao powder.

12. Place a fresh sheet of parchment paper onto the slice slab. Now place a tray on top and weigh it down with a book or a few magazines. Place the slice in the fridge for one hour 13. After an hour, cut into bite size squares and enjoy. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks (if it doesn’t get eaten before then).

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