How To Make Ganache

Chocolate ganache that’s so good you’ll want to fill your bathtub with it. Rubber ducky not included.

How To Make Ganache, stop-by-step photo tutorial

What do truffles, eclairs, Boston cream pie and bon bons have in common?

Rich chocolate ganache!

That’s right, chocolate ganache is every baker’s best friend. Heck, some people would probably marry it, it’s that good. Ganache is only two ingredients (sans flavorings) and it’s so versatile. You can pool it on a cake, whip it up into a mountain of frosting or chill it down to roll in some powdered sugar.

First you need to decide what you would like to use your ganache for. Does it need to be on the liquidy side to run gracefully down the side of a cake? Or firmer to make a truffle? Once you’ve made that decision, you’re good to go. (We’re going to have a tutorial on how to figure this out coming up soon!).

Today we decided to go with 6oz. of heavy whipping cream and 2 cups of chocolate chips. This makes a thick ganache perfect for truffles. We did the entire process in the microwave so it’s fast and simple.

Step#1

Start by measuring out the heavy whipping cream.

Measure Heavy Cream

Step#2

Heat the cream in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in-between.

Melt Chocolate

Step#3

While the heavy cream is heating, measure out the chocolate chips and place in a bowl.

Chocolate Chips

Step#4

Heat the cream until it reaches 200°F, right below the boiling point.

Heavy Cream, Warmed

If you do not have a thermometer (we suggest a great one here) you can tell the cream is warm enough when it just begins to bubble and is hot to the touch (careful, don’t burn yourself!).

Warm heavy cream

Step#5

Pour the warm heavy cream over the chocolate chips.

Pour on the cream

Step#6

Once all the cream is added, use a spatula and stir until smooth.

Stir the chocolate

Keep stirring and you will soon see the chocolate melt and incorporate with the warm cream.

Keep stirring

Step #7

Look at all that chocolatey goodness! At this point the ganache is ready if you are planning to apply it to a cake or some other treat.

Chocolate ganache

However if you are making truffles, chill the ganache until it is firm, about an hour or overnight. The ganache is ready for rolling once it keeps a solid shape when the bowl is tipped.

Chilled ganache

 

Chocolate Ganache

Yield: 3 cups

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Heat the cream in the microwave in 30 second intervals and stirring in-between. The cream is ready when it reaches 200°F, right below the boiling point. You can tell the cream is warm when it begins to bubble and is hot to the touch.
  2. Remove the cream from the microwave and pour the chocolate chips in. Stir until smooth.
  3. At this point the ganache is ready if you are planning to apply it to a cake or some other treat. If you are making truffles, chill the ganache until it is firm, about an hour or overnight

Lyndsay Burginger

It’s always entertaining when Lyndsay’s in the kitchen. She’s even been known to belt out Broadway show tunes while making dinner (a handy whisk as her microphone, of course). She currently writes for her international food and travel site, Lyndsay's Travel Kitchen . Lyndsay is also on the editorial team at The Cookful.