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Dark Chocolate Ganache – An Essential Recipe

Dark Chocolate Ganache has all the pure chocolate flavor of a really great square of bittersweet chocolate but it has a soft and creamy texture. It’s like eating chocolate silk. Use this recipe to make great chocolate truffles.

Dark chocolate ganache makes luscious chocolate truffles.

As a staple in the pastry kitchen, ganache is used for glazing and filling cakes and cookies, making candies, as a tart filling and as an ice cream sauce. The possibilities are endless.

What is Chocolate Ganache?

  • At it’s most basic, dark chocolate ganache is made with equal parts chocolate and heavy cream.
  • To make dark chocolate ganache I use at least 60% chocolate. The percentage on a package of chocolate refers to the cocoa solids in the chocolate. The higher the cocoa solids, the lower the percentage of sugar. Higher percent chocolate is less sweet than lower percent chocolate.
  • I don’t recommend that you use chocolate chips to make ganache. Chocolate chips have added stabilizers to help them keep their shape while baking. Using chips will compromise the texture of the ganache, and ganache is all about the texture.
  • Depending on how you want to use the ganache the ratio can vary from twice the amount of chocolate to cream to 2 times the amount of cream to chocolate.
  • If you want a softer ganache use twice the amount of cream to chocolate. Once the soft ganache has cooled, you can put it on the mixer with the whisk and whip it up for a light and airy cake filling.
  • If you want a firmer ganache that you can roll into truffles or use as a glaze make the ganache with 2 times the amount of chocolate to cream. Experiment with the ratios to get a ganache that works for you.
  • In this recipe I added a bit of butter for flavor and velvety mouth feel. A hint of rum or another flavoring is the perfect addition when you’re making truffles.
  • This recipe also has a little corn syrup for a glossy sheen. The corn syrup is optional, especially if you’re using the ganache for truffles or as a filling. If you plan to glaze a cake with the ganache, the corn syrup adds a beautiful shine to the finish.
Ganache makes a striking finish for any cake, even a wedding cake.
Ganache makes a striking finish for any cake, even a wedding cake.

Scroll through the process photos to see how to make Chocolate Ganache:

Either use a food processor to chop the chocolate or chop it by hand into pieces 1/2" or smaller.
Use a food processor to chop the chocolate or chop it by hand into pieces 1/2″ or smaller.
Place the chopped chocolate, butter and corn syrup into the food processor or into a mixing bowl.
Place the chopped chocolate and butter into the food processor bowl or into a mixing bowl.
Using a food processor is quick and easy but will create air bubbles to the ganache.
Using a food processor is quick and easy but will create air bubbles in the ganache.
Allow the ganache to settle for a minute and then tap the bowl on the work surface to expel some of the bubbles.
Allow the ganache to settle for a minute and then tap the bowl on the work surface to expel some of the bubbles.

Scroll through the process photos to see how to make Chocolate Truffles:

A small ice cream scoop is the best tool to form perfect truffles
A small ice cream scoop is the best tool to form perfect truffles
Once the truffles are scooped, set up your assemly line with the coatings and a clean tray for the finished candies.
Once the truffles are scooped, set up your assembly line with the coatings and a clean tray for the finished candies.
Chocolate Truffles finished with Crushed Heath Bars, Cinnamon Sugar, and Cocoa Powder.
Chocolate Truffles finished with Crushed Heath Bars, Cinnamon Sugar, and Cocoa Powder.

Dark Chocolate Ganache is just the beginning. Here are some other ganache recipes.

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Chocolate Ganache

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Silky chocolate ganache can be used to make truffles, fill a cake or tart and glaze any number of pastries.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz (225g) Semisweet or Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 1 cup (8 oz, 235 ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 oz (1 tablespoon, 15g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces, none larger than 1/2" or chop roughly and finish chopping in a food processor. Place the butter in the bowl (or food processor bowl) with the chocolate.
  2. Pour the cream into a microwave safe bowl and heat until just below the boiling point. You want to get the cream as hot as you can without it boiling over. The time will depend on your microwave. Mine takes about 2-3 minutes for a cup of cream
  3. Pour the cream all at once over the chocolate
  4. Do not stir for 1-2 minutes to allow the chocolate to begin melting
  5. Gently stir with a wooden spoon, trying not to incorporate any air, until all the chocolate bits are melted or, if using the food processor, run the processor for 20-30 seconds until the chocolate is melted.
  6. Stir in the corn syrup if using.

Notes

Using the food processor is easy but it will incorporate some air bubbles into the ganache. The finished product won't be quite as glossy.

Store at room temperature 1-2 days, in the refrigerator for a week or freeze for 2-3 months.

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Ashley

Tuesday 27th of March 2018

This looks so good, but I was wondering, could you use half and half to replace the cream?

Eileen Gray

Tuesday 27th of March 2018

Hi Ashley. Why do you want to make to switch? Do you only have 1/2 & 1/2 available? 1/2 & 1/2 has less fat and more water than heavy cream. Cream is about 55% water and 1/2 & 1/2 is about 71% water. In a cup of 1/2 & 1/2 you'd have almost 2.5 ounces more water than with a cup of cream. You can't replace the cream with the same amount of 1/2 & 1/2 or the ganache might not set up properly. If you are going to use 1/2 & 1/2, I would start with 1/2 a cup instead of a cup and add more butter to make up for the missing fat. Let me know if you try it how it works out.

WENDY M LYNN

Monday 6th of February 2017

Can whole milk be used in place of cream?

Eileen Gray

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

Hi Wendy. Great question! Using whole milk instead of cream would be tricky. If you want to make the swap to lower the calories or fat content I'm sorry to say that it won't work. Ganache is rich and there's no way around the calories and fat other than making it an occasional treat. You definitely could not just swap out milk for cream 1:1. Whole milk is about 3.5% fat and cream is about 35% fat. Since milk has much more water and less fat than cream the ganache would not set up properly if made with just milk.

If you want to use milk because you don't have cream available it's possible to use a mixture of butter and whole milk. Butter is about 80% fat and can be used to replace the fat missing from the milk. To replace the 1 cup of cream in the recipe try using 5 oz of whole milk (that's 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) and 3 oz of unsalted butter (that's 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons).

If you try it let me know how it turns out.

Mary Ellen

Wednesday 13th of May 2015

Thanks, Eileen, I will do that.

Mary Ellen

Tuesday 12th of May 2015

If I were not already completely in love with your site before this posting...I would be now. I am a chocoholic.. No apologies! Dark chocolate Lindt bars with sea salt...

Thank you for sharing your amazing in sight, your honesty, and, most of all, your recipes. I will be making these soon.

Eileen Gray

Tuesday 12th of May 2015

Thanks, Mary Ellen! I love dark chocolate with sea salt. I had a question on my Facebook page about using salted butter in the ganache. If you like the salty/sweet combination, using salted butter in the ganache would be a great idea.

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