Espresso-Infused Poured Chocolate Ganache

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 cups (enough to pour over the top of an 8-inch cake)
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Ingredients

18 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, finely chopped

1 cup whole espresso beans 

21 ounces heavy cream

2 tablespoons coffee liqueur, optional

Pinch table salt 

Directions

  1. Place your chopped chocolate in the bowl of your stand mixer.
  2. Place the espresso beans in a sealable gallon-size bag (or between two pieces of parchment) and crush them with a rolling pin. Combine the heavy cream and espresso beans in a small pot and heat over medium-low heat until simmering. Remove from the heat, cover the pot and allow the cream to infuse for 10 minutes. Strain the cream through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a clean pot. Return the cream to medium-low heat and bring back to a simmer. 
  3. Pour the warm cream into the bowl of chocolate. Add the coffee liqueur if using and the salt. Gently stir the mixture with a spatula until smooth. At this point you can pour your ganache or you can cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. To reheat, gently heat in the microwave in 20 second bursts, stirring frequently, until fluid again.
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