I've changed the name of Tuesday Shortcuts to Sweet Shortcuts, since I can't seem to stay on a schedule. :-)
Today's shortcut is really more of a "I can't believe how easy this is." I've always been intimidated by chocolate ganache - double boilers and chopping chocolate, etc. The version I use is much simpler.
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (semisweet or milk chocolate)
3/4 cup of heavy cream
Place the chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl.
Pour the cream into a pan and warm on the stovetop over medium heat. Stir often, because you do not want it to boil. Take a little out with a spoon and touch it - when the cream is very hot, remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate chips.
Now whisk, whisk, whisk. At first, the mixture may seem like it will not combine, like this:
but keep whisking until the chocolate is smooth and glossy.
[If there are still chunks of unmelted chocolate at this point, your cream may not have been hot enough. No worries - just pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds, and whisk it again!]
At this point, you can add a dash of vanilla, orange extract, coffee, or whatever flavoring you want.
Voila - you made ganache!
This recipe made enough to pour over a big 17.5 x 12.5 inch pan of brownies. Smooth the ganache until even and let it cool for 20-30 minutes. Yum:
Next post, I will show you how to make a really delicious frosting based on this recipe.
- Sugar Baby
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