Cognac

Ingredients Metric US Volume
Milk couverture, 37% 500 g 17.6 oz 2 cups
Unsalted butter, softened 200 g 7.1 oz 1 cup
Cognac 100 g 3.5 oz ½ cup
Dark Chocolate Discs 90 g 3.2 oz 90 ea
Dark couverture, 63%, tempered, for dipping 180 g 6.3 oz ¾ cup
1070 g 37.7 oz

Method

  1. Melt the milk couverture in the oven at 88° to 90°F/31.1° to 32.2°C, or use tempered couverture.
  2. In a bowl, blend the butter by hand with a spatula until smooth.
  3. Mix the butter and couverture together by hand using a spatula or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. The closer the temperatures of the butter and the couverture, the easier it will be to blend them together. Stir to a smooth consistency.
  4. Add the Cognac. Blend in the Cognac very well, by hand, using a spatula, or stand mixer to create a smooth ganache.
  5. Pipe the ganache onto the chocolate discs using a pastry bag with a plain size-12 tip. If the ganache is too soft, let it set before piping. If the ganache is too cold, it can be warmed in a water bath or stirred. Stirring will aerate the ganache, leaving a lighter mouthfeel.
  6. Let the piped ganache set for 1 hour at room temperature.
  7. Once the ganache is fully crystallized, dip the pieces in the dark couverture using a dipping fork. Let the couverture completely set.
  8. Store in an airtight container at 57° to 61°F/13.9° to 16.1°C in a dark, dry place.

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