How To: Simple & Creamy Chocolate Ganache

by Marla on October 23, 2010 · 21 comments

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I do not usually post on Saturday, but I have a BIG cake post on Monday. I figured I would whet your appetite with my favorite cake filling today.

Chocolate ganache is more a method than anything else. The name Ganache implys fancy, but in reality it is one of the most simple to prepare dessert sauces. It can be used as a topping for your favorite ice cream sundae or it can be used as a filling in between cake layers. No matter how you use it ganache is crazy yummy.

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When ganache is warm it is like a hot fudge sauce. It can be swirled on cupcakes & brownies or used as a drizzle for plating desserts. It can fill tarts and be used to enrobe a cake too. When chilled & thickened it can  be used in a piping bag for decorations.

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The neat thing about ganache is that it is just two ingredients: Heavy Cream and Chocolate. That’s it. Done. What could be more simple and fabulous!  Here is all you need know to make a creamy chocolate ganache.

 

Simple & Creamy Chocolate Ganache

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: as much as you need, varies

Simple & Creamy Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients

  • For Dark Chocolate - one part Bitter Sweet or Semi-Sweet Chocolate and one part Cream (1:1)
  • For Milk Chocolate - one and a half parts Chocolate to one part Cream (3:2)
  • For White Chocolate - 2 parts White Chocolate to one part Cream (2:1)

Method

  • Break chocolate into chunks and put in a stainless steel or heat resistant bowl. Bring cream to a boil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Remove cream from the stovetop and add it to the chocolate. Stir to combine until all the chocolate is melted. Add any additional flavorings to taste.
  • Use ganache warm or let it cool to room temperature depending upon if you are using it as a glaze, filling etc.
  • Notes
  • To reheat your ganache put the bowl over a pot of gently simmering water (a bain marie) and stir until creamy. Or if you are using a microwave safe bowl you can soften it in that on a low heat setting, stirring frequently. Just be careful not to scorch the chocolate.
  • I always use the highest quality chocolate I can get my hands on. Scharffen Berger is one of my favorites.
  • You can store ganache in the fridge & re-heat to get it back to desired consistency. If the chocolate separates when cool, it should come together again when re-heated.
  • See the Variations below for some great recipe substitutions and ideas.
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Variations

  • Add a few drops of your favorite extract or spices to change up the flavor. Coconut, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, peppermint, almond, espresso & orange all pair nicely with chocolate. You can even add a pinch of cayenne for heat!
  • If you glaze a cake with ganache then you can sprinkle nuts, sprinkles, sugar crystals, coconut flake, dried fruit, etc before it sets so it they will stick.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mariko October 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm

It looks esp delish in that tart shell. I can just imagine the creamy/chewy.

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2 Marla October 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Mariko: Yes, the creamy chewy is really great! Also cool that you don’t even have to bake those tart shell. This recipe comes together in minutes!

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3 Amanda October 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Yummy. Yummy. Yummy. This makes me hungry. :)

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4 Cookin' Canuck October 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Everybody needs a great ganache recipe in their baking repertoire and this one looks as though it would fit the bill perfectly. I’m looking forward to your big cake post on Monday!

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5 Paula October 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm

oh, It must be a delicious ganache!

have a nice time!
Paula

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6 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

These are great ideas for ganache. Thanks for sharing, Marla! You’ve got me craving chocolate BAD and I have none in the house!

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7 Rosa October 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm

So delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

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8 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm

This looks incredible. I love ganache, and I love having your recipe for it. One of your awesome recipes is featured on my new blogpost today. Happy weekend!

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9 Marla October 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Alison: You are a doll for posting my Cheerios & Chocolate Halloween Tarts on your Halloween Favorites post today. That Cheerios tart crust would pair great with this ganache.

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10 Kristen October 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I always love your tips at the end!

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11 Amy from She Wears Many Hats October 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Oh yeah…that’s totally tempting me! Can’t wait to see the cake if this is involved – yum!

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12 Daydreamer Desserts October 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Simply delish! But didn’t’ you know… there’s no teasing allowed on Saturdays? ;)

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13 Nancy@acommunaltable October 24, 2010 at 10:46 am

Really shouldn’t have read this post when I can’t access chocolate… (sigh). Great recipe that everyone should have in their arsenal – simple, versatile and so dang delicious!!!!
Can’t wait to see the cake!!!

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14 Marla October 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Nancy: I know, it is painful to look at sweets when you are hungry – or any photos of food for that matter. Working on the cake post now, lots and lots of photos to sort through and edit. I am looking forward to sharing our party with you guys!

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15 theUngourmet October 24, 2010 at 11:05 am

I love the idea of putting this into a tart! It looks so scrumptious!

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16 Lisa October 24, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Wow, this looks incredible. I’d put it on anything and everything if I had some.

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17 Ingrid October 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Looks fabulous!

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18 Anna Johnston October 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Gotta love a good Chocolate Ganache, love the stuff.

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19 Louise October 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm

you forgot the most important way to eat leftover ganache~

WITH A SPOON…

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20 Marla October 24, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Louise: You so called me on that girl. I think the spoon, or licking the bowl is the best way to enjoy ganache.

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21 Chocolate Shavings October 25, 2010 at 8:34 am

Those ganache tarts are just beautiful!

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