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Basic Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Basic Chocolate Ganache
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 10 mins | Makes: 2 1/2 cups

In ganache recipes, the proportions of chocolate to cream vary depending on whether it will be a coating, filling, or truffle. This recipe is a standard 1-to-1 weight ratio of chocolate to cream, which is good for coating Boston Ice Cream Pie Cake or an Espresso Mud Pie. When nearly solid, it can also be whipped into a filling for pastries or rolled into truffles.

What to buy: With only two primary ingredients in ganache, flavor and quality are paramount. We recommend breaking out the good chocolate, like Scharffen Berger or Valrhona, and the freshest heavy cream.

Game plan: When working with ganache, make sure it’s warm enough to pour. If it’s too stiff, fill a small saucepan with an inch of water and bring it to a simmer over low heat. Set the bowl of ganache over it and melt, stirring, to the desired consistency.

INGREDIENTS
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl; set aside.
  2. Place cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Pour over chocolate and let stand until chocolate has softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add butter and stir until smooth. Let cool slightly before using.