Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ganache it

Hello again. What's with the glazed look? Oh. In need of a chocolate fix are you? Well, I have just the thing. Ganache.

Let's talk about ganache. Mini lesson (quiz to follow. kidding). Ready?

Ganache pronounced /gah NAHSH/ is a glaze or filling for cakes and pastries. It's made from a combination of chocolate and heavy cream melted slowly together. When used warm, ganache is poured over cakes or cookies to form a smooth glossy coating. If chilled, it can be formed into chocolate truffles.

For a good and reliable recipe, I turned to my home girl, Ina Garten. She never lets me down.

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces good semisweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
Heat the heavy cream, chocolate chips, and instant coffee in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.

Easy peasy, right? Commence ganaching (is that a word?) berries, cupcakes, marshmallows, bananas, ice cream, and pound cake. Make a few truffles while you're at it. Me? I'll be saving it for my next recipe...


  1. I love making ganache even more than eating the stuff (is that weird?). I love how it looks as it cools. YUM! Lovely photos.

  2. That's not weird at all :) My favorite point in the process is when all the chocolate finally melts into the cream and it turns from a soup into a thick pudding. It's like magic!

  3. wow. this makes me hungry for chocolate. your pictures are incredible!

  4. I love your photos! Your blog is very well done. I will be checking it often!

  5. Hi Melissa,
    Thank you! I really enjoy taking photos of the foods I make. I'm still learning the basics about photography. Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. Linda, thank you for the kind words :)

  7. hello christa
    nice blog you have ; i also love to bake !!
    if you want to reach the perfection in french you should name your blog "La petite brioche" ; then you will be perfect !!! cheers Pierre de Paris

  8. Hello Pierre! Thanks for the correction. This is what happens when you use an online translation site :/ Thanks for stopping by :)

  9. Where did you get the brioche tins pictured on your blogs homepage?


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