The Basics: Chocolate Ganache

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The Technique

Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate ganache can be prepared a variety of ways & used in many applications in the bake shop. When you learn how to use the ratios, many fine confections can be handcrafted in your very own kitchen. This particular type of ganache is perfect for finishing applications desired for desserts. Consider it to be the diamond of glazes compared to the more traditional southern icings used on pound cakes, bundt cakes & coffee cakes. Chocolate Ganache offers a more elegant presentation to the classic desserts we’re so fond of in the south. This particular technique is used in professional kitchens as it is prepared the old-fashioned way over the stove burner. Once the cream is placed over the burner, do not step away as it will heat quickly & begin bubbling up the pan sides. If left unattended, it could possibly boil over. Look to this tutorial when a beautiful chocolate finishing glaze is desired for confections.

Baking Tutorials. Chocolate Ganache By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Editorial Director Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Game Day Entertaining

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makes about 1 1/3 cups

A chocolate bar can be used in place of the morsels, if desired. Chop the chocolate into small pieces using a chef knife. 

5-oz quality bittersweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup heavy cream

Place the chocolate in a small bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan with tall sides over Medium-High heat 1 1/2 minutes until bubbles form around the edges & climb approximately 1-inch up the pan sides. Immediately remove it from the heat & pour the cream over the chocolate. Let stand 2 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Use immediately as directed in recipe applications.

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How To Prepare Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate ganache utilizes a simple technique that offers high quality results. The key factor is to be certain to use the best ingredients available for stellar results.

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Chocolate ganache needed for cooking & baking applications can be accomplished quickly. Traditionally, ganache is prepared on the stovetop. When cakes, pies, cookies & frosting recipes call for it, reference this simple tutorial. Here’s what you should know. 

Baking Tutorials. Chocolate Ganache By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Editorial Director Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Game Day EntertainingNo. 1

Have the ingredients properly measured before beginning any cooking. Place the chocolate in a small bowl & pour the cream into a 1-quart saucepan. Place the saucepan over the burner cook according to the recipe instructions. Once the cream is placed over the heat, do not step away as it will heat quickly & begin bubbling up the pan sides. If left unattended, it could possibly boil over. Pour the heated cream over the chocolate & allow it to stand a minute or two to soften.

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Use a whisk & begin slowly incorporating both of the ingredients.

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After a minute or two, the mixture will become smooth & very glossy. Ring the bowl sides, if desired, using a rubber spatula to make sure all of the chocolate & cream is well blended. 

Baking Tutorials. Chocolate Ganache By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Editorial Director Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Game Day EntertainingNo. 4

Do not over mix the ganache as it will become thick. Stop whisking the mixture once it becomes completely fluid & smooth. Use the Chocolate Ganache immediately as it will begin to set after a bit.

Pour the ganache over the dessert & use a small offset spatula or butter knife to spread it over the surface. Follow individual recipe instructions regarding specific details.

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