No question about it, ganache is my favorite thing in the universe to make. It is absolutely the most luscious, delicious thing you will ever put in your mouth. A basic ganache only has two ingredients and comes together in less than five minutes. My favorite moment in all of cooking happens when making ganache, more on that later. In this post I’ll spill all the details about how to make the perfect ganache and some of the decadent treats you can make with it.
So what is ganache? Ganache is a french icing or glaze made from a mixture of chocolate and heavy cream. When firm and set it is also what is used to make chocolate truffles. It’s smooth, luscious, creamy, and deeply chocolatey.
As I mentioned before, ganache is surprisingly easy to make. It requires only two ingredients and takes less than five minutes to pull together.
Here’s how you make a basic ganache:
Measure out equal parts heavy cream and chopped dark chocolate.
Place the chocolate in a bowl.
Heat the cream in a pan until it just begins to simmer.
Pour the cream over the chocolate and allow it to sit for about 30 seconds to a minute to allow the chocolate to melt.
Then, begin to gently stir. Keep stirring until the chocolate and cream are totally combined and smooth. Have some patience with this step, it doesn’t happen immediately. Just continue gently stirring and have some faith.
The moment when the ganache first starts to come together is my absolute favorite moment in cooking. I live for this moment. I call my husband over to enjoy the moment with me every single time I make ganache.
It’s a joyful moment. I guarantee it will make you happy.
If you’re ever feeling down, make ganache. This is one of the secrets to a happy life.
Once you’ve mastered the basic ganache you can then take this heavenly treat and use it in all sorts of amazing desserts including chocolate truffles, ganache glazed cakes, ganache tarts, molten chocolate cakes, and so much more!
To turn up the volume on a basic ganache, you can start playing with flavors by using milk chocolate or white chocolate, adding flavorings such as vanilla extract, mint extract, instant coffee, bourbon liquor, baileys Irish cream or so many other creative flavorings. You really can’t mess it up, so feel free to experiment and try creative combinations.
In the next few weeks I’ll be posting some of my favorite ganache recipes. Get ready for a whole lot of chocolatey goodness!
If you’re planning to make ganache and want to try some unique flavor combinations, you might be interested in these ingredients and flavorings: