Over the years the most requested recipe that I’m asked for is for a basic chocolate ganache.
Ganache is just a fancy word for a mixture or emulsion (more on that at a later date) of cream and chocolate. Ganache forms the basis of many chocolates, truffles and cake fillings so it’s a useful little thing to get right.
Your ganache will reflect the ingredients you put into it, so take time to consider which chocolate to use and even which liquid…cream, raspberry puree, coconut milk…. We’ll come back to all these points in another post and explore them with the time they deserve, but I know you’re just itching to get messy and lick the spoon (had to get that in!) so here we go…..
- 125g whipping cream
- 35g unsalted butter at room temperature
- 170g dark chocolate (I like to use a 70% )
Chop or break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a bowl.
Bring the cream to just under boiling point.
Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for a couple of minutes to melt the chocolate.
Using a balloon whisk or a spatula start mixing in the middle of the bowl, gradually drawing in the chocolate and cream around the edges.
Once the mix is smooth and glossy, add the butter cut into pieces and stir to incorporate.
If you have any lumps of unmelted chocolate or butter in your ganache, give it a very quick blast in the microwave or sit the bowl over a pan of hot water and stir gently to warm it up enough to melt the last little bits.
Voila! That’s it. If you want to use your ganache to make truffles, let it firm up covered, at room temperature for a couple of hours before rolling (avoid the fridge as this causes uneven cooling). For sandwiching cakes use as soon as it’s thick enough to spread without dripping but don’t leave it too long or you’ll tear the cake when trying to spread it.
This amount of ganache will make a huge pile of truffles,or fill and coat a triple layered cake of about 8″ (that’s about 20cm in the modern world) or make two greedy adults feel quite sick if eaten straight from the bowl!
Give it a go and post your comments so we can see how you got on!