Quick recipe for Chocolate Ganache - Pretty Witty Cakes
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10 September 2018

Quick Recipe for Chocolate Ganache

We have multiple recipes and tutorials inside the Pretty Witty Academy showing you how to make all kinds of ganache from white, to milk to dark ro strawberry! In this free tutorial, I show you a simple and quick method that I use a lot. 

What is ganache?

Ganache is just a posh term for a mix of chocolate and cream.  It makes a really brilliant feeling for cakes and is often used to cover cakes so that they can be shaped into really elaborate designs. 

As ganache dries solid it makes it one of the easier coverings to work with. 

What are the ingredients?

You will need:

  • Chocolate - 1kg (just over 2lbs). It is best to have pieces
  • Double Cream (this is thick cream). Around 2 pots (or 550 ml) 

Method

  1. Put your chocolate pieces in a microwavable bowl, add all the cream and stir
  2. Then put in the microwave for 1 minutes around 600w (less if your microwave is hotter). 
  3. Take it out and stir again and you will see that the heat moves around. 
  4. Add heat for another minutes then take out and stir again
  5. Put it back in the microwave and heat at a slightly lower temp or less time for around 1 minute.  The aim is to gradually add the heat rather than overheat it. 
  6. Keep repeating this as per the video. 
  7. You will want to ensure that you keep stiring it so you stir out the lumps rather than heat them out. 
  8. You may need to do a final blast on high heat as per the video.

What happens if it goes wrong?

If you find it splits you can add a bit of cold chocolate in and stir that in (without heating unless you can't avoid it) and this will bring it back

If it looks like scrambled egg you have heated too much.  You can keep stiring and sometimes fix this adding more chocolate (or sometimes a tiny more cream)

How long does it keep

Ganache like this is ususally fine to eat for up to 5 days. 

Can you freeze it

Yes you can. You can freeze ganache and keep for around 3 months. You will need to take it out the night before you need it as best to let it come to room temp.  From there you will need to gently heat it in a microwave. 

Do you need to store in the fridge

No not really. The high sugar content is a natural preservative. You can usually use out on the counter. Having said that it is better practice to leave in the fridge - it will last longer if you do. 

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