The easiest frosting you could try. Two ingredients . Chocolate and cream. Can these two go wrong together???
There are several versions of ganache in which you can add flavorings , butter, corn syrup etc for added flavor or sheen. This is the simplest version made with dark chocolate.
- 100 grams cream (i used Amul fresh cream)
- 200 grams chocolate chopped into small pieces
Lets get started:
Take the chopped chocolate or chips in a bowl.
Heat the cream in a sauce pan or microwave until just bubbling around the corner.
Pour cream onto the chocolate . Try to cover all the chocolate.Cover and let stand for a couple of minutes. The heat from the cream melts the chocolate.
Stir with a whisk or spatula .The chocolate will melt and merge easily with the cream and you ll have a uniform dark brown creamy ganache!
Now you can use this three ways:
You can either pour it right away over a cooled cake and use it as a glaze.
You can rest it overnight or for few hours. It ll thicken and you can use it to frost and pipe a cake like you would whipped cream or buttercream. You can rest it and then whip it until light , and use it as frosting/filling.
- For a smooth ganache, make sure your chocolate is chopped small and as uniform as possible.
- If there are bits of unmelted chocolate in your ganache, you can heat it in 20 second intervals in the microwave or over a double boiler. I just heat it in a sauce pan while stirring continuously and it works for me.
- If you want a thicker frosting or truffles , add more chocolate in a 2 : 1 or 3: 1 ratio.
- Its best to go for the ratio in weight , but 1 ml cream is roughly around 1 gm , so it isn’t too complicated.
- When the cream merges with the chocolate, it changes in structure. So ganache can easily be kept at room temperature for unto 2 days and in the refrigerator for a week (I ve kept it longer!)
- If you are in a hurry and want the ganache to set fast, you can keep it in the refrigerator but keep stirring after every 20 minutes so it sets uniformly.
Luscious chocolate ganache , the easiest and my go-to frosting option always !!!