PoodleDoodle Posted 9 Feb 2006 , 10:46pm
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Make my first batch of ganache this morning and put it in the frig. Planning to use it as a filling not icing. With it being in the frig for so long, it's to firm to stir.

What can I do? Leave at room temp or can it be microwaved to soften enough to whip and use as filling?

Please advise.

Thanks

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Doug Posted 9 Feb 2006 , 10:48pm
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i'd be hesitent to microwave for fear of hotspots developing and cooking it.

cover and let warm to room temp and it should whip up

TooMuchCake Posted 9 Feb 2006 , 10:52pm
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You can put the container of ganache in a bowl of warm - not hot! - water to speed things up a bit. Do not allow any water, no matter how tiny an amount, to get into the ganache.

Deanna

Doug Posted 9 Feb 2006 , 10:54pm
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and building off of Deanna's idea....and a trick I use for keeping chocolate melted....

put it on a heating pad set to low (or even wrap the pad around the bowl)

PoodleDoodle Posted 9 Feb 2006 , 11:38pm
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So, once I get it soft enough to whip do I refrigerate it again? And will it harden again?

Also, should I whip it in my kitchen aid mixer or by hand?

Thanks so much

Doug Posted 9 Feb 2006 , 11:43pm
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i'd wait to whip until ready to fill the cake.

yes, it will reharden if put back in the fridge*

by hand? not so sure...more like stir it up and even using a whisk would be hard work.

Lazy, I don't want sore arms & wrists me, would use his KA. Depending upon how "fluffy" I wanted it, would use paddle for smooth with not so much air whipped in and whisk for lots of air.


*the big danger for me would be me eating it all with a spoon before I could get it in the cake!

TooMuchCake Posted 9 Feb 2006 , 11:54pm
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*the big danger for me would be me eating it all with a spoon before I could get it in the cake!




You use a spoon?!?!

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Deanna

Doug Posted 9 Feb 2006 , 11:56pm
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LOL!!!

yes, I don't look so good w/ it smeared all over face and in hair! does nothing for the complexion.

now, just how BIG of spoon????? icon_rolleyes.gif

TooMuchCake Posted 10 Feb 2006 , 12:16am
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<<gasp>> Do you mean that it's possible no one believes me when I say I'm trying out a new mud pack/hair mousse?? icon_redface.gif

It IS funny sometimes where the chocolate ends up. Even a chef's coat doesn't cover all the places it splatters or drips. Heehee! No wonder I'm so sweet, I'm chocolate coated! icon_biggrin.gif

Deanna

Euphoriabakery Posted 10 Feb 2006 , 12:18am

I would just like to know how chocolate ends up on the back of your upper arm? I always seem to get it there and can't figure out how!

Wendoger Posted 10 Feb 2006 , 12:22am

The 2 ganache recipes on this site only have 2 stars...is there a different one you all are using or are one of those a good one? I wanna make it but I want a good one. Thanks!

Euphoriabakery Posted 10 Feb 2006 , 12:43am

Haven't tried the recipes on this site. Here is the one I use, it is out of Toba Garretts book The Well-Decorated Cake.

1 1/2 C heavy cream
1lb semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate

In a heave saucepan, boil heavy cream. Turn off heat. Add chopped chocolate ( I just use chocolate chips) and let rest until chocolate is melted. Use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture until all the pieces are melted. (I use a wire whisk)

Pour it into a room-temperature bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the ganache until firm.

It's super easy to make and tastes sooo good.

Wendoger Posted 10 Feb 2006 , 2:57am

I have read that you need to use 'good chocolate'...well, Hershey's is 'good' to me...is that what you use? Or more like Godiva?
(Thanks for the recipe)

Euphoriabakery Posted 10 Feb 2006 , 3:04am

I use trader joes chocolate chips

TooMuchCake Posted 10 Feb 2006 , 3:53am

At the shop, we use Belcolade. At home, I use El Rey because it's cheaper. Or sometimes I use candy melts if I'm making a center for a truffle because it doesn't have to stand alone. But really, it's all yummy so use what you have.

Deanna

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