is an act of intelligence,
by which we choose things
which have an agreeable taste
rather than those which do not.
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Today begins part one of Chocolate Days. Now through Valentine’s Day, I will be giving you a few different ways to cook and eat chocolate.
In my opinion, everyone should have a chocolate sauce recipe up their sleeve. It’s so simple and so much better than the dark filled jars we can get at the store. All it contains is cream, chocolate and your choice of flavorings.To get started, I went to one of my favorite books, The Flavor Bible, and looked for chocolate pairings. My first thought was a wine and chocolate sauce, but I decided to make a ginger orange chocolate sauce. I’ve been craving something with spice. Then, I checked my second favorite book, Ratio, to determine the amount of cream and chocolate needed for a sauce: one part chocolate and one part cream. After skimming through the book, I realized that Michael Ruhlman listed a recipe for ginger orange chocolate truffles. Since I think this book rocks, I knew I was onto something good.
Not to sound corny, but my first thought, after the first of many licks, was harmony. The orange zest came through first, then the ginger lingered in my mouth daring me to take another spoonful. So, I complied. Again. And again. The ingredients created a perfect friendship. I paired it with Haagen Dazs Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream. A delightful hump day treat!
Ginger Orange Chocolate Sauce
Makes about 2 cups
8 oz. heaving whipping cream
1-1/2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into 5 chunks
1 Tbsp. of orange zest
6 oz. semisweet chocolate
2 oz. white chocolate
Combine the cream, ginger, and orange zest in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium to high heat. Once the cream starts to boil, remove the pan from the heat and cover. Let the ginger and orange zest steep in the cream for 30 minutes.
Reheat the cream to a boil. When it begins to boil, remove from heat, and strain the cream into the bowl of chocolate. Let the chocolate and cream sit for 2 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt. Mix the chocolate and cream until smooth.
Serve with ice cream or eat with a spoon.