Over the summer, I stocked up on a lot of dark chocolate but never found the time to bake with it like I wanted. Now that the holidays are here, I still don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen like I want, but using up some of that chocolate has been high on my list.
Since time is limited, I thought about making some fudge, but decided I wanted something a little simpler and and also richer in flavor. I love to top my cakes and brownies with ganache, and sometimes make some hi-hat cupcakes and dip the frosting in the ganache too, for an extra sweet coating. This time though, I stuck with an easy melt, pour, freeze, then cut recipe. It doesn't get any simpler than that! I made a pan of Dark Chocolate Ganache Bars and topped them with a touch of sea salt, because I do adore a sweet and salty combo.
You could leave the salt off if you prefer. Also, you don't have to cut them into bars. You could use the melted ganache to fill into some silicone holiday treat molds for a rich chocolate candy that would make a lovely holiday gift or cookie exchange box filler.
I recommend freezing the chocolate once poured into the pan to make it easier to cut through. Also, leave them refrigerated until ready to eat because they will get soft quickly in warm hands.
These bars will be a hit on your holiday dessert table, but be sure to hide a few for yourself. You'll be kicking yourself if you don't since they'll get gobbled up in no time!
Dark, white, milk, semi-sweet... What's your favorite kind of chocolate?