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August 3, 2010 / demarquettechoc

Moroccan Mint Tea Ganache

Moroccan Mint Tea

Award-winning Moroccan Mint Tea Ganache

I present the Moroccan Mint Tea chocolate truffle, which recently won 3 stars at the 2010 Great Taste Awards. It is part of my classic Ganache range of 21 core chocolates that offer an exceptional ‘Taste the World through Chocolate’ experience.

During a trip to Marrakesh, I was fascinated by the daily ritual of tea drinking and enchanted by its significance of hospitality, friendship and tradition. Moroccans take great pride in their mint tea ceremony, so I took great care and time to research, taste and test recipes in order to capture the true essence of Moroccan culture and create my own Moroccan Mint Tea chocolate truffle as a respectful tribute to this ancient tradition.

As the key ingredient, I pick only the youngest mint leaves from a special variety I was given by my host’s chef whilst staying at a Riad in the midst of Marrakech’s medina. Making sure there are no stalks, which would add bitterness to the infusion, I infuse the leaves and a secret blend of green tea with fresh Cornish Jersey Herd cream over a set number of days to gently extract the natural oils for the purest taste experience.

I blend the infusion with smooth 71.1% dark house chocolate to create a silky and delicately flavoured ganache. To achieve the sweetness, which is characteristic of a great Moroccan Mint Tea, I add a little bit of honey from the Atlas mountain range to achieve a truly authentic taste.

Hand cut into rectangles, each is finally individually enrobed with the dark house chocolate and the flavour decoratively written on the chocolates using an attractive design characteristic of all my chocolates.

The classic Demarquette Ganache range of chocolates is available at the London chocolate shop and online at Selected ranges are on offer at Fortnum & Mason and selected Delicatessens nationwide.

To view a small clip about the Moroccan Mint Teat Chocolate please click here.

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