Can o' ale
Day two. On December 4th. Two, four. Hmmm- two, four. Two-four! Beer! Local beer!
Around these here parts, a case of beer is also know as a "two-four" because that's how many bottles (or cans) are in a regular sized case. If you haven't guessed it already, today's feature is beer. Made into chocolate truffles.
That's right. I've blended Railway City Brewing Company's Dead Elephant Ale (brewed in St. Thomas, Ontario) with milk chocolate to make a creamy ganache filling surrounded by a dark chocolate shell.
Chocolate Ganache made with Ale
When you think of beer and food, you probably think of a pint with wings, burgers, peanuts or pretzels. Deep-fried, meaty, greasy, crispy or salty. How did Elgin Harvest come up with beer and chocolate then? I'm not the first to try this combination, believe it or not. As it turns out, many of the flavours and aromas that are found in beer (malty, hoppy, caramel, cocao, bitter, fruity, etc.) are also found in chocolate. Carefully mix them together and we end up with a creamy, decadent, rich and aromatic treat with a twist.
Double Chocolate & Ale Truffles
Although I chose a sweeter milk chocolate to pair with the ale, I really can't wait to try other combinations such as Railway City's Black Coal Stout and dark chocolate together. Perhaps in a decadent cake with caramel separating each layer? The brewery is also releasing a new Cranberry Pilsner soon- I wonder how it would taste in a white chocolate truffle? It's obvious more recipe and taste testing will need to be done but I'm up for the challenge.
Railway City Brewing Company products can be found in local restaurants/bars, LCBO's and at their location in St. Thomas.
168 Curtis Street St. Thomas, ON N5P 3W9 (519) 631-1881
Eating. Drinking. Sharing.