In the words of Homer Simpson : “Mmm…chocolate.” I am all about chocolate this week. I shared my favorite chocolate cake recipe already and I wanted to follow up with something to pair it with. Of course more chocolate is my first choice and chocolate ganache is perfect for it.
Chocolate ganache, while sounds fancy and complicated, can be really easy to make. To make it, you heat heavy whipping cream to just under boiling. This can be done in the microwave in 30-second intervals or over low heat on the stove top. Then pour the heated cream over chopped chocolate or chocolate chips. You can use dark chocolate, milk chocolate, semi-sweet or white. Let the cream and chocolate sit and get friendly for 3-5 minutes then stir them together until smooth. At this point, you can add flavorings like vanilla or liqueur.
How much cream and how much chocolate?
Well, that depends on what you want to use it for. For the chocolate drip cakes that are super popular right now, I use a 1:1 ratio of chocolate to cream. It’s also great for an ice cream topping or chocolate drizzle on coffee drinks.
For using a ganache as a filling or icing, I like it to be thicker so I use a 2:1 ratio of chocolate to cream. This is a versatile ratio. When the ganache is cooled it can be used as is or whipped to a fluffy consistency.
This article from Handle the Heat about the ratios and uses of ganache is a great resource.
5 Uses for Chocolate Ganache
1. Chocolate Drip Cake
For a chocolate drip cake, check out this baby shower cake I made. I used a 1:1 ratio of chocolate to cream. After the ganache cooled, I transferred it to a squeeze bottle. I used the squeeze bottle to add the drips to my cake. You could also use a spoon but I like the squeeze bottle for less mess and storage if there’s any left over.
Check out my Cake Crush Pinterest board for more awesome examples of chocolate drip cakes. I am kind of obsessed with them.
2. Cookie Sandwich Filling
These gorgeous chocolate sandwich cookies from Add a Pinch are a chocolate dream come true with chocolate ganache sandwiched between two chocolate cookies.
A ganache filling would also go well with my chewy sugar cookies. My post here has an example of sandwich cookies with jam but it would be great with ganache too. I would use a thicker ganache of 2:1 chocolate to cream.
Truffles are awesome. To make truffles, the chocolate ganache is cooled and scooped into balls and then rolled in nuts or cocoa powder. This recipe from My Baking Addiction has a great tutorial for basic truffles.
4. Brownie Topping
Okay, this one is soo good. This is a great way to take a simple box of brownie mix or your favorite scratch recipe to the next level. Mix up your brownies and bake them. After your brownies have cooled, make a ganache of 2:1 ratio and pour it over the top while the ganache is still warm. Allow the brownies and ganache to set up in the fridge and then slice. This recipe from Celebrating Sweets looks delicious too. It has brownies, coconut, and a ganache topping.
5. Pie or Tart Filling
Ganache is an easy pie or tart filling. Pre-bake a pie crust, store bought or scratch, allow to cool then fill it with ganache and top it with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. This recipe for delicate little tarts filled with ganache from Baked by Nature is a great example of this.
Ganache has so many uses and it’s delicious. So go pick up some cream and a good chocolate to get your ganache on!