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How to Make Chocolate Ganache

Learn how to make chocolate ganache in this Howcast food video featuring pastry chef Katie Rosenhouse.


Today I'm going to make a chocolate ganache. I'm using dark chocolate. I have about eight ounces of dark chocolate, and about half a cup of heavy cream. Very simple process. I'm just going to start by bringing my heavy cream to a boil.

So, I've brought my cream to a boil, and now I'm just going to go ahead and pour it right over my chocolate. And I don't want to go in right away with my whisk. I'm going to cool it down too quickly. I want to make sure that all of my chocolate melts. So, I'm just going to kind of push down on my chocolate pistoles, or chocolate chips. Just to cover them with the cream, and I'm going to let it sit for about 30 seconds. And then I'm going to go ahead and whisk it together.

In the meantime, I'm just going to add a little bit of salt, and other things you can add include any kind of alcohol, or any flavoring that you like. A little orange zest. Even a little bit of butter can really kind of enrich your chocolate ganache.

I'm just going to start in the center, and I'm just going to kind of whisk and whisk, and this is going to create kind of a vacuum effect and just pull all of the chocolate into the center. And that cream is melting my dark chocolate. You can see as I work it's changing color. It's getting that nice, beautiful chocolate color.

Okay. We're almost there. You can see it's thickening slightly. It's getting nice and smooth. And this is great for all kinds of things. This could be a fudge sauce for an ice cream sundae. This can be chocolate truffles. This can really be for anything that you like. Peppermint bark. You can have fun with this.

Okay. So, that is it. Nice and smooth. I'm going to keep whisking a little bit more. But that's how you make a chocolate ganache.

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