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Today: We're always looking to make easier ganache. Here's how to do it meltdown-free—in a food processor.
Making chocolate ganache can be a little messy—with all that melted chocolate flowing around. For some, making a chocolate ganache can also seem a bit time consuming and unpredictable. However, with a few helpful tips and a piece of equipment you probably already have sitting in your kitchen, it can be a simple, quick process.
When making ganache in the food processor, there’s no need to melt down the chocolate or dirty up bowls. All it takes is a quick spin of the chocolate and hot cream in the food processor, and it’s ready to use.
Here’s how to do it:
To make 12 ounces of thin, flowing ganache for topping ice cream or desserts, start with 4 ounces of chocolate and 8 ounces of heavy cream (1:2 ratio). For a soft but slightly firmer ganache (for cake filling or icing), adjust to 1:1 ratio chocolate to cream. For a firm but still creamy ganache for rolled truffles or bonbons, the ratio should be closer to 2:1 chocolate to cream.
Roughly chop the chocolate into medium sized or smaller pieces and place it in a food processor bowl that is fitted with a stainless steel blade. If using chocolate pistols or chips, no need to chop it up—just add them to the processor.
Securely fasten on the food processor lid, with the top spout open.
In a small pot, bring the heavy cream to a full boil. (Be sure to let the cream come to a full rolling boil before adding it to the chocolate. Since the chocolate is still in its solid form, the cream needs to be very hot for the chocolate to melt). Once boiling, turn on the food processor and allow it to pulverize the chocolate for a few seconds.
Next, steadily pour the hot cream through the food processor spout onto the spinning chocolate. If you prefer, you may also stop the food processor, remove the lid, pour in the hot cream, reattach the lid, and start processing again (with the top spout closed).
Allow the mixture to process until it just comes together. (If it is mixed too long, it runs the chance of breaking, and the result will be grainy. Also, over-mixing incorporates too much air into the mixture, which makes it hard to get a smooth finish.) Stop and scrape down the inside of the bowl, then give a quick pulse to combine. That’s it! You’re all done. The ganache is ready to be poured out and used.
Now that you have ganache ready, without a fuss, here are some ways to put it to good use:
Below is also a recipe for silky chocolate ganache truffles. It includes the addition of butter to enhance the smoothness and flavor of the final ganache. It makes for the creamiest and silkiest of truffles.
Also included is a small amount of glucose, which creates an even smoother and longer lasting ganache. You may substitute it with light corn syrup or honey if needed. If you prefer to not use glucose, simply omit. Have fun and experiment with flavors by adding any of your favorite spices or liqueurs—or roll the pieces in other ingredients, such as chopped nuts or toasted coconut flakes.
Makes 50 to 60 truffles
510 grams high quality semi-sweet or dark chocolate, up to 65%, roughly chopped
412 grams heavy cream
50 grams glucose, light corn syrup, or honey (optional)
110 grams unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
100 grams high-quality cocoa powder, for coating
Photos by Teresa Floyd