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chocolate ganache

Chocolate Ganache - sounds fancy but it's basically chocolate and cream. Simple ingredients that definitely add up to more than the sum of their parts. If you've never tried ganache before, you're really in for a surprise. This is one love affair that will never end!

You can use milk, dark or white chocolate but remember, the better the chocolate, the better finished product. So buy the best kind you can afford – it will be worth it!

Recommended chocolate brands:

Try the flavor variations listed after the main recipe. It'll give you even more reasons to run off and whip up a batch of chocolatey heaven...mmm

ingredients

cake filling - chocolate ganache

yields 3 1/2 cups ganache
NOTE: All amounts are given in U.S. standard measures. Click here for international equivalents (page will open in a new browser window) .

here's how you do it:

1. put cream in a microwave safe glass bowl and heat on high for 2-3 minutes, until just about to boil.

2. put chocolate in a medium sized glass bowl and pour hot cream over.

3. let sit for a minute or two then stir with a wooden spoon until completely smooth.

4. chill the ganache to a thick spreading consistency. This takes several hours. I actually prefer to chill it overnight, then stir a little right before using.

That's it! Pretty simple right? So now that you've got the basic ganache let's explore a few possibilities.

simple flavors add an exotic twist

as fantastic as chocolate ganache is, it's always fun to have choices!

There are many different ways to flavor ganache. Here are just a few:

Flavoring With Liqueurs

Add ¼ cup of any liqueur or liquor to the basic recipe and reduce the cream to 1 ¾ cups. The possibilities are endless.

Non-Alcoholic Gourmet Flavoring Oils

If you want to add flavor without the alcohol for any reason, there are tons of ways to do that. Here are just a few :

Add a few drops of any of these gourmet flavoring oils for an exotic touch.

Note: These are not supermarket flavors. They are four times stronger than extracts.

Fresh or Canned Fruit Purees

Add ½ cup of any of these purees and reduce the cream to 1 ½ cups :

Frozen Juice Concentrates

Add ¼ cup of any of these flavors and reduce the cream to 1 ¾ cups:

Flavoring With Nut Butters

Add 1/2 cup of any of the following nut butters for a really decadent take on the classic chocolate/peanut butter combination :

Whipped Chocolate Ganache Filling

Now For Some Truly Adventurous Departures From The Ordinary

Not that there’s anything ordinary about Ganache, but for a truly extraordinary experience try these variations!

Chai Spice Chocolate Ganache

Add to the basic recipe :

Spicy Chili Chocolate Ganache

Add to the basic recipe :


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