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I'd love to try chocolate ganache. Does anyone have a really good recipe?

Thanks,

Joan in Tx
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Originally Posted by NTxWriter

I'd love to try chocolate ganache. Does anyone have a really good recipe?

Thanks,

Joan in Tx



All I do is mix 1/2 semi-sweet chocolate chips (love the mini chips for this) and 1/2 heavy cream, by weight in a sauce pan, put it on medium heat and stir constantly while melting it until it's absolutely smooth. Then, let it cool, stirring occasionally until it's cool enough to pour over a cake icon_smile.gif

so...if you used one 12 oz bag of ch. chips, you'd mix that with 1 1/2 cups cream. If you're wanting to make truffles, though, you'd use less cream to chocolate so it will firm up better.
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Originally Posted by NTxWriter

I'd love to try chocolate ganache. Does anyone have a really good recipe?

Thanks,

Joan in Tx



All I do is mix 1/2 semi-sweet chocolate chips (love the mini chips for this) and 1/2 heavy cream, by weight in a sauce pan, put it on medium heat and stir constantly while melting it until it's absolutely smooth. Then, let it cool, stirring occasionally until it's cool enough to pour over a cake icon_smile.gif

so...if you used one 12 oz bag of ch. chips, you'd mix that with 1 1/2 cups cream. If you're wanting to make truffles, though, you'd use less cream to chocolate so it will firm up better.



That is how I do it!
post #4 of 31
This is the recipe I use for ganache:

Makes 1 1/2 cups

3/4 cup whipping cream
1 (6 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 (6 oz) package milk chocolate morsels

Bring cream to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat; quickly remove from heat, and stir in the chocolate until melted and smooth. Let mixture cool until slightly warm before pouring on to your cake.

Here's a link to the cake I made using this recipe.
It was delicious! I now have two more requests for Baby Shower cakes just like it. icon_smile.gif

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=898903
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post #5 of 31
Here's an overview on ganache:
(Includes master and various recipes, how to glaze, how to pour & smooth, and more.)

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-334973-.html

Stacked Ganache Cakes:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-132821-.html

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post #6 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for the info!

These sound terrific and not too difficult either.

Joan
post #7 of 31
the better the chocolate....the better the ganache
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post #8 of 31
Here's the recipe I use for ganache:

(from www.joyofbaking.com)

8 ounces (227 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter
1 tablespoons cognac or brandy (optional) ***NOTE: I don't use this ... instead, I add a couple of drops of LorAnn Orange Oil ... it adds a really nice, very subtle orange flavor, and really brings out the rich chocolatey flavor. icon_smile.gif

Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized stainless steel bowl. Set aside. Heat the cream and butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir with a whisk until smooth. If desired, add the liqueur (or in my case, the orange oil).
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post #9 of 31
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So would you recommend using some really good, expensive chocolate to get a different taste?

Because of all the studies on the health benefits of dark chocolate, I've see many new kinds in the stores. World Market has lots of imported dark chocolate.

Has anyone tried any of these in the recipes?
post #10 of 31
i've used a range of cheap ole' store brand chocolate chips to really expensive chocolates, and while the expensive chocolate typically tend to taste better, its not always practical to spend so much money. i usually stick with ghiradelli chocolate chips, but either way its yummy. my FAVORITE and most requested way is whipped milk chocolate ganache

whipped milk chocolate ganache
1 12oz bag chocolate chips
1 pint (or 2 cups) heavy whipping cream.

its best to bring the cream to a boil on its own (not with the chocolate. if the chocolate gets too hot it can separate and the resulting texture isnt as good) in a saucepan. remove from heat. place chocolate in a metal or glass bowl, pour cream on top and let SIT FOR 2 MINUTES. then whisk until all is melted. if you stir right away, you'll tend to be left with unmelted chunks. allow to cool a bit, then cover tightly and chill for 4-6 hours. whip with a mixer on high speed until stiff. dont over beat or it will turn into "butter"...and the texture wont be as smooth. this is nice and fluffy like mousse and absolutely delicious! enough to fill 3 layers and frost on an 8" round cake.
post #11 of 31
dont forget to constantly stir or whisk the cream while bringing it to a boil. it doesnt have to boil for any length of time, just once it begins to simmer, then you can turn the heat off and continue.

store at cool (68-70ish F) room temp for up to two days, or in an airtight container in the fridge for 7-10 days (granted the exp. date on the cream is not within that time frame) or freeze for maybe a couple of months.

you can pipe decorations well with this but it is heat sensitive, so keep it inside!
post #12 of 31
Oh Melysa, that sounds delicious. Thanks for the instructions for the "whipped" chocolate ganache. I want to give that a try.
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post #13 of 31
My favorite ganache recipe is in Marcel Desaulnier's "Chocolate Cakes" book. It uses a combination of ss chocolate, us chocolate, cream & sugar. It is to die for! Plus there are a lot of other great recipes in the book - I've made several and have yet to be disappointed.

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post #14 of 31
Thread Starter 
This has been a great thread! I can't wait to try the recipes in here.

I've used the giradelli chocolate chips for baking also and they're really good.

Joan
post #15 of 31
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Originally Posted by Cake-Happy

Oh Melysa, that sounds delicious. Thanks for the instructions for the "whipped" chocolate ganache. I want to give that a try.



you're welcome, enjoy!
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