Posted by: Joan Spiller | June 16, 2011

Ganache – Recipe

Basic ganache consists of just two ingredients: equal amounts of good quality (I use a mix of semi sweet and dark) chocolate and cream.

And the method is super simple: Bring the cream to a boil, then remove from the heat at once and pour over a bowl of chopped chocolate.

Let it stand, covered, for a moment to soften the chocolate, then whisk until smooth. Or if you’re like me and impatient, you start beating it and then panic cos it goes all grey and weird looking – don’t panic! Keep beatin’! It’ll recover .. trust me 😉

Add liqueurs or extracts after mixing the cream and chocolate together. Start with 2 tablespoons for each half cup of cream, adding more to taste if you prefer.

Using a ganache as a glaze to coat cakes, soufflés, éclairs or petit fours is a delicious and fairly simple way to create stunning desserts. For a pourable glaze that sets up soft and shiny, use equal parts chocolate and cream. 

If using the next day, melt over a double boiler, stirring frequently until smooth and shiny.

Occasionally you might stuff up and end up with a dry-looking or even cracked ganache. This is usually due to over-heating or cooling the mixture too rapidly.

You can still use it as truffles, whipped filling or simply melt it and spoon into a glass of warm milk for a delicious cup of hot chocolate.

Putting your ganache straight into the fridge after mixing can cause it to separate. For maximum shine, allow it to cool at room temperature before transferring it to the fridge.

PS this makes a very wicked frozen treat too .. simply put in a sealed dish and serve once frozen. So good with a few raspberries scattered on top!




  1. oh yes, gorgeous! Great detailed post and what a interesting idea for a frozen treat… I will definitely have to try that out!!


  2. I have to be honest, I flew thru the post but stared with great intensity at the picture. lol…now I’m thinking about where I can go to get something of this sort to eat right now. You’re a bad influence. My waist-line isn’t sure if it it likes you or not.


    • ROTFL .. sorry about that .. have you eaten ganache before? It’s out of this world!


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