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Simple Chocolate Ganache

Simple Chocolate Ganache

Yum! One of my all time favorite recipes! Why? Because it's sooooooo delicious AND one of the easiest icings anyone can make! It can also double as the base for truffles when rolled into a ball. Just roll in cocoa powder, powdered icing sugar, crushed nuts, or coat in a hardening chocolate! You can use white chocolate for a white chocolate ganache or even butterscotch! Any chocolate or chocolate chips will do! The one I'm making today is a mix of milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips. You can use all milk chocolate or all semi-sweet depending on your taste, and what you'll be using it for. Let's get started!

 

Here's what you'll need. 

  • 24 ounces of chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) of heavy whipping cream

And that's it!

 

 

24 ounces milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips

24 ounces milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 and a half cups (12 ounces) of heavy whipping cream

1 and a half cups (12 ounces) of heavy whipping cream

It's better to weigh out the cream and chocolate with a kitchen scale, just to make sure you have the correct amount. Next what you need to do is heat the cream. It can be done on the stove, but it has to be stirred constantly so it doesn't scald. I reccommend heating it in the microwave, it's just easier. Heat the cream, by itself, for about 2 minutes. Once you take it out of the microwave, pour in the chocolate. Make sure all of the chocolate is covered with cream, and then let it sit for a minute or so to heat up the chocolate.

Chocolate poured into cream

Chocolate poured into cream

And now we wait.... 

And now we wait.... 

After it sits for a minute, use a whisk to gently stir the chips around. The more you stir, the more chocolatey it will become.

 

And stir...

And stir...

Looking a little more chocolatey... And stir some more...

Looking a little more chocolatey... And stir some more...

If you find somewhere along the way, your chocolate isn't melting quite enough, just put the whole bowl back in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir some more. Once or twice should do the trick.

A little bit better... Keep stirring.

A little bit better... Keep stirring.

Then suddenly... Bam!

 

Success!

Success!

We have chocolate ganache! At this stage it's a bit more of a chocolate sauce, equally delicious, but not quite what I'm looking for right now.

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How do we fix this? By letting it set up in the fridge for a few hours. Once it has hardened up you can use it to ice a cake, pipe it like regular buttercream or roll it onto balls for truffles! Yummy!

Here's how it looks after being chilled for about 2 hours.  

 

Super simple chocolate ganache! Sooo easy to make and soooo good!!!

Super simple chocolate ganache! Sooo easy to make and soooo good!!!

Choclatey goodness.

Choclatey goodness.

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