Here it is folks, up to the minute breaking news from right here in Aura’s Test Kitchen and pomegranatesandhoney.com! I’ve been in the kitchen trying to reinvent Passover. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it can be done. No more matzo flavored chocolate cake. No more weird tasting egg-puffed chiffon cakes. No more getting dessert out of a can.
We are free, so let’s eat like it! No need to be enslaved to your grandmother’s fruit compote recipe forever.
Every year I consider it my personal mission to come up with one or two never seen before Passover recipes. I have fond memories of my mom’s Passover desserts from childhood. But let’s face it, Passover desserts taste odd. Maybe some of you look forward to that matzah cake meal flavor, but I say let’s leave matzah where it belongs—on the seder table. On your dessert table, put these, because, well, why not?
I bring to you my latest creation…
Heavenly Chocolate Ganache Cake Balls
· One and half 8 ounce packages pre-made Passover cake, such as Osem marble cake or pound cake (12 ounces total)
· ¼ cup cream (dairy-free creamer is ok too)
· ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
· ½ teaspoon almond extract
· 10 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate plus 1/2 cup cream for the coating, or if you want a hard chocolate shell use 10 ounces of chocolate almond bark candy coating
· 1 ½ tablespoon finely chopped almonds
1. Crumble the cake into a large bowl. You will get about 4 cups of cake crumbs.
2. Put the cream and chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and cook for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Add almond extract and stir again.
3. Pour the chocolate mixture into the cake crumbs and stir until well combined.
4. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Using a small cookie scoop (will make 36 truffle sized balls) or a medium cookie scoop (will make 18-2 ½ inch cake balls) scoop out the batter and roll into balls. Place on tray and place tray into freezer. Note: it is quicker to make the balls larger, but it is cuter to make them smaller. It’s your choice, and may it be the toughest decision you’ll make all day.
5. Melt the 10 ounces of chocolate and the half cup cream in a dish in the microwave; let stand for a few minutes then whisk together until smooth, or for a hard chocolate shell melt 10 ounces of chocolate almond bark or chocolate candy coating.
6. Dip each ball in the melted chocolate using 2 forks, and give them a gentle shake before removing from the bowl to remove excess chocolate.
7. Place on wax paper and sprinkle each with a pinch of chopped almonds as you go along, so the almonds stick to the still-wet chocolate. If you wait too long the chocolate will harden and the almonds won’t stick.
8. Let the chocolate harden or stick them in the freezer and remove 30 minutes before serving. Feel free to double the recipe—I would if I were you. These are over-the-top delicious and you won’t taste any matzo in this dessert.
*A small cookie scooper will make 36 truffle sized cake balls, and a medium one will make 18-2 ½ inch cake balls. It is quicker to make the balls larger, but it is cuter to make them smaller. It’s your choice, and may it be the toughest decision you’ll make all day.
**If you wait too long the chocolate will harden and the almonds or sprinkles won’t stick.