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post #16 of 36
Sorry, last piece is in my belly. icon_sad.gif
post #17 of 36
Sorry, last piece is in my belly. icon_sad.gif
post #18 of 36
lol...I didn't see the last piece part of your post ...haha


drakegore, please let us know what happens next. hope you'll have luck with it.
post #19 of 36
Thread Starter 
thank you so much for all the help! this is such a great place!

when i started this project i had 6 different ganache recipes in hand (i love doing cake "research" , lol) and decided to go with the CIA recipe because i figured they would be the most safe. theirs was the only recipe that called for the ganache to be chilled before whipping. a couple of them had cream added before whipping, but most didn't.

when i took the ganache out of the fridge and stirred it by hand it was lovely smooth...it only got curdled when i put it on the KA.

i did the chilled ganache for 2-3 minutes on low and then another 3 minutes more on high after cream was added (this is the recipe). then after i saw it was going south on me, i tried beating some more to see if it could be saved...but nothing changed.

i tossed the whole mess...i didn't know about the remelting and starting again, aaaargh.
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post #20 of 36
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Originally Posted by mommyle

I swear, though, that it was my KA. Wesley does NOT do "as I wish" every now and again.



Am I reading this right? Did you name your Kitchen-Aid "Wesley?" (Because if so, that's really cute!) thumbs_up.gif
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post #21 of 36
I caught that too, cute name for your KA! haha

Drakegore, what I usually do is let the ganache cool down, chill it in the frig and chill my beaters (I use my hand mixer for this most of the time) in the freezer. Then I just mix until it starts to change shades of brown. It goes from a smooth dark to a medium brown, I know then that air is starting to incorporate and it's whipping up. I only mix for a few more seconds after that, checking the consistency to make sure it's thick enough. I think if you continue to mix past that point, you venture into the "ganache behaving badly" stage. I'm not sure if this will help and I'm not an expert on ganache but it works for me.
post #22 of 36
Thread Starter 
i had been thinking the chilling was the problem but if you chill and don't have these issues, then maybe something else is at the bottom of my problems.

could it be my brand of chocolate (garden variety chocolate chips)?

could it be my ganache was not fully cool (though it sure felt like it was) when i put it in the fridge and condensation formed which caused the curdling?
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post #23 of 36
This might be a silly question - why do you whip ganache ?? icon_confused.gificon_biggrin.gif
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post #24 of 36
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Originally Posted by jules06

This might be a silly question - why do you whip ganache ?? icon_confused.gificon_biggrin.gif



Not a silly question at all. When the ganache has cooled down (but not cold) it will set almost like a BC. When you whip it, it will incorporate some volume and will lighten up the colour a bit. The consistency is perfect for icing a cake and even for piping.
post #25 of 36
LaBellaFlor,

Please share your ganache recipe and please, please, please share your sour cream ganache recipe! icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks!

Kim
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post #26 of 36
Thanks didi5 ! icon_biggrin.gif I've never whipped my ganache,so I was curious icon_smile.gif
I've also never put mine in the fridge to cool - once I've made it, I let it sit out o/night to set properly icon_biggrin.gif
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post #27 of 36
[quotewhen i took the ganache out of the fridge and stirred it by hand it was lovely smooth...it only got curdled when i put it on the KA.

i did the chilled ganache for 2-3 minutes on low and then another 3 minutes more on high after cream was added (this is the recipe). then after i saw it was going south on me, i tried beating some more to see if it could be saved...but nothing changed. [/quote]

Sounds to me like you may have overbeaten the ganache. Ganache will turn grainy and clumpy when overbeaten, just like overwhipped cream.

For that recipe I would mix on low just until cold ganache is "loose" add the cream and beat on medium till I see the beater's marks on the surface of the mixture, remove from mixer and finish by hand. Or safer yet, whip the cream separately and fold in loosened ganache.
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post #28 of 36
Yup, TheCasualKitchen is bang on. That's split ganache all right. You just overwhipped it. icon_sad.gif

Can't be rescued.
post #29 of 36
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Originally Posted by LaBellaFlor

I just finished the last piece of banana cake with sourcream chocolate ganache. YUM! icon_biggrin.gif



Freeze! Back up! Did you really say sour cream chocolate ganache? Oh, no, you're not really going to let me hang here with this one, are you? What did you do, sub sour cream for heavy cream? Please?

Theresa icon_smile.gif
post #30 of 36
Read your post and had my own ideas of what you could try differently. By the time I got to the end...Iron Baker, The Casual Kitchen and Antonia had stolen everything I wanted to say!!!

What happened to you sounds exactly like what happened to me when I tried to make a Tres Leche cake. The 'leche' part came out like ummm...sorry for those with week stomachs....vomit. Flavor was lovely, texture could not have been worse.

I learned after that you have to have your bowl and beaters chilled, and you should whip on the lowest speed possible. This should allow it to whip up nice and fast and not curdle.

I'm glad to know if I do that with ganache, I can re-melt. I don't think there was a solution for my Tres Leche, so we just ate it at home icon_cry.gif
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