Ganache is ideal when you want pure chocolate frosting, no frills. Good quality chocolate is key when making any type of chocolate dessert, but especially important when the chocolate is the main star, such as in ganache.
The most common high quality chocolates that I use are Lindt, Guittard, and Callebaut. These can be quite expensive, but worth it. However, one of my favorite less expensive chocolates is Dove and it works very well in applications such as this. Try any of these options and you’ll be happy you did. Using a lesser quality chocolate can result in a grainy ganache that simply doesn’t taste good. Ganache is a mixture of warmed cream and chocolate. Varying ratios create ganaches fit for different uses such as glazes, frostings, or truffles.
Chocolate Ganache FrostingRecipe By: Leelabean
In this recipe, I have added a bit of unsalted butter to the ganache mixture. Butter, just as in savory sauces, provides an added sheen and glisten that is visually very appealing and lends to a smoother mouth feel. Just a little goes a long way. I’ve also added a touch of vanilla extract for a more full-bodied flavor but it is an optional ingredient. This frosting pairs excellently with my Dark & Decadent Chocolate Cake.
1 c heavy cream 2 T unsalted butter 1/2 t vanilla
Place the chopped chocolate into a bowl.
In your microwave or on the stove, heat the cream and butter until it starts to boil. Remove the cream mixture from the heat and pour into the bowl containing the chocolate.
Let this sit for about 2 minutes to allow the chocolate to begin to melt.
Whisk slowly until the ingredients start to come together.
Add the vanilla (if using) and whisk until the ganache is smooth and glossy with no lumps.
Let sit on counter for 1 hour or until desired spreadable consistency. The longer the ganache sits, the thicker it will become.
Leftover frosting can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. To use, take it out of the refrigerator and let it sit on your counter to come back to room temperature. Use as desired.
Sweetly ♥ Yours,