Homemade Chocolate Ganache Leaves

Homemade chocolate ganache leaves are inspired by nature, using natural molds from your garden to create delicious imprints. Whether used as a final floral flourish on a delicious dessert or eaten alone, the novelty of this edible foliage will delight you and your family alike.

Homemade chocolate ganache leaves

Homemade Chocolate Ganache Leaves:

  • 20 Camellia leaves, washed and dried (or use non-poisonous sturdy leaves with waxy sheen for the best result)
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon nut milk such as my creamy homemade cashew milk
  • 1/2 cup 100% raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Equipment:

  • Baking sheet, lined with parchment paper
  • Food processor
  • Small butter knife

Instructions:

Wash, throughly dry, and refrigerate the leaves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Using a food processor, mix the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, cashew milk, raw cacao, and salt together until well-blended.

Remove a leaf from the refrigerator and, using a small butter knife, gently coat the chocolate on the bottom of the leaf, careful to keep the layer smooth and even. Return to the refrigerator, chocolate-side up. Replicate for each leaf.

Let the chocolate harden completely, for at least 1 hour. Then, gently peel back the chocolate on each leaf, returning the chocolate imprint to the refrigerator until ready for serving (and discarding the natural leaf). Some leaves may break, given the delicate nature of this dessert. The chocolate from broken leaves can be re-melted and used for future molds.

These homemade chocolate ganache leaves can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes:

  • Consider pairing these leaves with my chocolate mousse gelato or chocolate coconut cake, or plate them in a wreath-like arrangement with fresh pomegranate seeds in the middle for holiday gatherings.
  • When choosing cacao butter and 100% raw cacao powder, consider brands like Navitas Organics, which focus on regenerative agriculture.

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