Chocolate Ganache

 

Chocolate Ganache

 

Ganache is a silky smooth mixture of chocolate and cream and the results rely on the quality of the chocolate used. You can use semi-sweet or bittersweet, milk, dark or white, just be certain to use a pure chocolate. That means it only has chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla and lecithin. (no vegetable fats). Ganache is used for truffles, as a spreadable filling and a shiny glaze for cakes or biscotti. The texture depends on the ratio of cream to chocolate. Cream should have 35-40% butterfat.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Brandy (optional)

 

Chocolate Ganache

 

 

 

Chop chocolate in small pieces, place in medium heat-proof bowl.
In a small saucepan heat the cream and butter over medium heat. Bring to a boil, watch carefully to make sure it doesn’t scorch.

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Ganache

Immediately pour the cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for a few minutes.

Stir gently, add Brandy if desired.

This recipe will cover one 8 or 9 inch cake.

If there is any leftover, it can be used to make truffles.

Truffles:

Cover and refrigerate several hours until firm. Using your hands or a melon-baler, roll into desired size, then roll the truffles in cocoa powder, coconut, nuts or any other favorite coating. Refrigerate for up to 2-3 weeks. (They never EVER last that long).

 

 

 

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