I’m doing some learning this week and I’m so excited with today’s results I have to blog it! Today’s sweet success was learning all about chocolate ganache. I’ll share more details later about the reason for the lessons, for now I’ll share how fun and easy the stuff is!
A friend suggested that I try the ganache for all my needs on a single cake. She was right! It’s not only easy, it’s extremely versatile and tasty! It’s nothing more than equal parts of heavy cream and chocolate mixed together. You boil the cream and pour it over the chocolate, then mix it well. The possibilities are endless as you can use any kind of chocolate. For my test run I used what I had which was a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. I was a little impatient (me to a “T”) in letting it set so my first stab using it as a drizzle and fruit dip was really runny. Then I let it sit in the fridge for a couple days. She told me if I let it chill, I could whip it and use it as a frosting too. Today I gave that a stab and was so tickled with the results!
Here’s my first test of the ganache minutes after mixing as a fruit dip and drizzle:
It was tasty but much to thin to make drizzle tips.
Today I wanted to see if I could make it work for frosting as well. I pulled the bowl from the fridge and stirred a small section. I dropped it over the side of some rice crispy treats to see if it would make a pretty drizzle formation and it worked! Better yet is that now a few hours later it looks exactly the same, it hasn’t melted nor gotten a hard shell on it. Next, I put some in my mixer and whipped it for a few minutes watching the change. There’s a point where it goes from creamy frosting to a thick, sponge like frosting texture. So I put the thick on first to see if I could make some defined corners. That worked great but I wasn’t happy with the lack of smooth finish. So I took a little more and didn’t let it whip quite as long, put that over the thick edge one and it was perfect! Three solutions with one simple mixture!
Now that I know how easy it is to have the ganache do the frosting, details and dip/drizzle I’m ready to tackle the full sized test run. Wish me luck!