Monday, March 14, 2011


This motivates me to exercise harder.  When I am exercising I  think of how much I love it and so I try to burn more calories.   It is great on ice cream, cake, brownies, waffles, doughnuts, or can be used as a filling.

Ganache from Nestle

1/2 cup Choc. Chips (your favorite)
1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Place cream in small, uncovered, microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 25 to 30 seconds. Add chocolate chips. Let stand for 2 to 3 minutes; stir until chocolate is melted.
Pour over cake, brownies, ice cream etc.

Ganache from Martha Stewart 
* This is more of a liquid but can be thickened very easily

3 oz Bittersweet Chocolate
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

Heat Cream to a boil, then pour over Chocolate.  Let it sit for 2 min. Add Butter and mix till Smooth.
*****If you don't want this so runny add more choc.  We love Dark Chocolate so I just add 1/4 to 1/2 cup more of chocolate chips depending on how hard I want this.

Ganache from Alton Brown - Good Eats (I love this show)
*this is great for glazing a cake.  It has a nice shiny texture.  Surprisingly thick though.
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 6 ounces heavy cream
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small saucepan combine the corn syrup and heavy cream. Bring to a simmer and add the chocolate. Stir until smooth. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. 
**** Another idea**** if you wanted a sweeter mousse-like filling to put between the layers just take half of the warm ganache, stirred in about 1/3 c white chips until they are melted and whip it until it's fluffed up a bit.  This works good for filling. Remember ganache will only be as sweet as your chocolate you are using.

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