white chocolate is usually made from cocoa butter, milk, sugar, and vanilla (and maybe some kind of filler). you could prolly try making it yourself, assuming you could find pure cocoa butter, but whether or not it would work in a ganache, I couldn't say....
ah, there is a recipe for this somewhere. hang on. i'll search for it for you. i remember the key ingredient being food grade cocoa butter, which can usually only be found in specialty shops, like for cake decorating, candy making etc.
here we go! i got this off the yahoo group, herbivore, but the person who posted it says they got it off vegsource a la chef deb.
if you try it, let me know how it turns out. i used to make this beautiful bombe de chocolat that uses white chocolate and this may be just what i need to recreate it, vegan-style.
Vegan White Chocolate
1/2 cup food-grade cocoa butter
1/3 cup natural sugar
1/3 cup soymilk powder
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp powdered lecithin (granules ground to powder OK)
1 tsp vanilla powder
Mix water, soymilk powder, and sugar in the top pan of a double boiler.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is melted.
Turn off heat.
Mix in cocoa butter, stirring until blended.
Mix in lecithin, stirring until blended.
Mix in vanilla powder, stirring until thoroughly blended.
I tried making the White Chocolate from Vegsource, and it didn't turn out. I had to special order the cocoa butter online (couldn't find any food-grade anywhere), and attempted making the recipe 3 times. I tried changing it around a bit, and it still didn't work. It never fully firmed up, and stuck to the candy molds. I am a good vegan cook, and I know it wasn't my cookin'!
I even tried posting to Chef Deb about this, but my request was denied
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