Have I ever mentioned that I like to improvise when cooking? Sometimes improvisation results in wonderful creations. Other times, especially when working with temperamental ingredients, improvisation results in a big, yucky mess. (Isn’t that the story of my life?!)
Last Saturday, I decided to make some chocolate truffles filled with chocolate ganache. I’ve worked with chocolate before. I make fudge almost every year and have been doing it for about a decade. I felt pretty confident that I could follow the simple instructions for chocolate ganache. I was wrong! Very wrong!
“How wrong?” you ask. Well, I made a tiny mistake and my ganache was a tiny bit grainy. Just a tad bit. I decided to “fix” it, and I ended up with this.
That is not fixed!
For you to truly appreciate my experience, I’m going to show you in a photo step-by-step how my hubris caused my epic fail.
I started with some simple ingredients. I knew that by using chocolate chips (which are already tempered) it would be a touch trickier, but how hard could it be?
I set up a double boiler by putting a bowl over a pot of water on the stove. I made sure that there was a pretty tight fit so that the steam didn’t cause the chocolate to “seize.” I turned the heat on medium (which I now realize was too hot), and let the chocolate melt.
Isn’t that pretty? No graininess, no seizing, just beautiful, melting chocolate.
I added my cream (which I realize now I should have heated first and then added the chocolate. I guess I should read all of the instructions before I begin, huh?)…
It didn’t incorporate as well as I thought it would.
I kept whisking and it finally came together, but it was a touch grainy. I consulted the internet about how I can “save” ganache once this happens.
Those tips didn’t work. In fact, it got worse!
What was I going to do? I didn’t want to waste perfectly good chocolate! Thankfully, I found one website which explained that once your chocolate ganache is gone, it’s gone. BUT… you can use it in other things, like cookies. So I whipped up a basic oatmeal cookie recipe and spread it in a pyrex pan, like this…
I spread the chocolate mess over the top.
I spread the remaining cookie dough over the top and let it mix a bit with the chocolate. Then I put it in a 350 degree F oven for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, they were browning, so I removed them from the oven. They probably could have gone for another few minutes, but I like my cookies chewy.
And here they are! They were delicious, too!
I might have to mess up some chocolate ganache again and make these cookies!
Have you ever had an epic fail or an epic save? I’d love to hear about it!
Laurel Laurie Staten Nguyen Newhall, CA
I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food.
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June 11, 2014 at 11:25 am
That looks so good! Love it. 🙂
June 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm
I love when I think of the perfect fix for an error!! I wrote a post a while back about this one mess up I had… I attempted to make hummus… Without a food processor… And without knowing, realizing or reading the instructions that chick peas have a “skin” on them… It was a DISASTER…. And then I thought to make white chicken chili and use the mashed, but still somehow chunky, bean goop as a base! It turned out so creamy and added a brand new element to my recipe! I think I might even use my revised recipe more often than the old one in the future!!
June 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm
What a great save! I have to check out your blog for that post, because it sounds delicious!
June 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm
The post is called BAM! Dinner SAVED!! I think it was back in March.
June 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm
chocolate gagner 🙂
June 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm
http://mycrowesnest.wordpress.com/tag/chocolate/ That looks yummy! Here’s a link to the post I wrote with a super easy, foolproof chocolate ganache. Let me know if you try it out!
June 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm
Nice save! Way to be innovative and think on your feet 🙂
June 15, 2014 at 10:51 am
I always tell people that cooking is a lot like art, just keep painting till you get it right! there is hardly such a thing as a total failure than can’t be creatively turned around. You’re article made me laugh out loud remembering my own epic failures and epic saves.
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