Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Try This Tuesday

Alright Friends, a couple of things, then I'll jump into this week's T3. We have a house (YAY!). Josh is getting life organized and hoping to move all of our stuff in this weekend. I am still in Louisiana for the next few weeks (long story, job obligations, fear of puppies in a hotel room, etc...). I am still computer-less except for at work, but I wanted to take a few minutes during a break for this post. This brings me to the topic for this week, it may look familiar, but embrace it :)
From your comments on my last T3, I've decided that perhaps I should have started with a project which may feel a little more comfortable for more of you. Perhaps something in the kitchen? So, right now, today (and forevermore), even if you can't have me, you can have ganache. I can hear the squeals of excitement. Now, I know I've already (fairly recently) written a post about ganache. I know that I explained how to do it. Today, I will take you step by step (with pictures), and I would really really love for all of you to try it. I'm telling you... you will not regret it :) Ok, let's begin.
We're going to start with heavy (whipping) cream, and chocolate (you should really use the high-quality baking stuff and then chop it, but I go for the chips cause I'm lazy like that) (you can use any kind of chocolate that you want. I've used semi-sweet, dark, milk, and a mixture of milk and semi-sweet. They all turned out lovely). You will also need a spoon, a heat-proof bowl, and a pot.


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First, you're going to pour some chocolate chips into your heat-proof bowl. You can measure this or not, whatever suits your cooking style. The only thing to remember here is that you must have more chocolate than cream (you can do equal parts of each, but you cannot have more cream than chocolate).

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Next, you're going to pour your cream into your pot, and turn the heat on medium.

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Stir your cream until it just begins to try to boil. This won't take very long, just stir it until it starts looking bubbly.
At this point, take your cream and pour it over your chocolate.
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Some recipes call for you to let it sit for a few minutes at this stage. I like to take my pot, and rinse it out, then turn back to my mixture. You're just going to take your spoon and stir it until it's nice and creamy.
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At this point, it's probably a really nice liquid. You can use it just as it is if you want (pour it over a cake or brownies, and when it cools it'll make a nice glaze/icing). If you would prefer that it stiffen a little before you use it, cover it and put it in the fridge. I like to add a little extra step. Once it has cooled to the point of being a little chilly, I like to whip it. This makes it into a really great frosting. Just take a hand mixer, turn it on medium, and beat your ganache until it turns pale and little peaks start to form.
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My personal favorite use for this decadent treat is as a frosting for my Betty Crocker Fudge Brownies. It's amazing.
Now, go try it! I promise, you will not regret it :)


23 comments:

Julie said...

yeah on a house! and I love ganache! Yum.. fun to have you back for a bit in the blog world... hopefully for good soon!

Oh2122 said...

Yay house! Yay ganache!

I use a ganach to top my Grasshopper brownies, but I have never considered whipping it.

I will try that the next time I make them.

Elizabeth said...

love this...i must try it!!!!

Breanne said...

House!! Great!

I will try this out. Looks yummy.

Frizzy and Bird said...

Yummy Yummy Yummy! I wonder when they'll invent being able to smell something through the internet. My tastebuds are already watering.

JourneytoFamily said...

That looks like a great tip for making chocolate drizzle or icing, or something you can spoon directly into your mouth. ;)

Congrats on your house!!!

Ronnica said...

Wow, that looks good and easy! Maybe I'll try that next time I need something chocolatey!

Becky Welch said...

This looks great!! I may have to try it! Thanks for stopping by on the BATW tour today. I am an Air Force brat and we lived in Texas 3 different times!! I love all your things on your blog and I think I am going to have to be sucked into Twilight as well.

Mamasphere said...

Damn my diet! I even have heavy creme and good chocolate at home. I MUST NOT MAKE THIS (or it will end up in my tummy by the spoonful).

Brenda Jean said...

Wow, that looks SOOOOO yummy! Congrats on the house, and I hope your move goes smoothly:) Thanks for visiting my blog with all you have going on!

Jennifer said...

This is PERFECT! It's my boy's birthday and he loves chocolate. Turning 4 and already addicted. Thanks!

Jennifer said...

Just to let you know. It was great! Thanks again.

Lady Dorothy said...

Thanks for stopping by on our BATW tour! I hope you'll visit again!

Now this looks great and so easy! Well, it's chocolate; it can't help but look fantastic! Thanks for the new knowledge!

Stacey said...

Yummmmmy~ that looks SOOO good!

Nik said...

Ooooh - YUMM!!!!

Glad ya'll got a house - good luck with the final steps of your move!

Frizzy and Bird said...

Hoping all is well with you. Thinking about ya and hoping this transition ends soon.

Tiffany said...

Congrats on the house! The ganache looks wonderful! Yummo!

"The Queen in Residence" said...

That looks so easy, who would have thought.....

I remember reading your story about Big Lots. I was stunned and I was stunned again at that sales person....

kd-m said...

oh, you send my little heart a flutter! I will be trying this very, very soon. and congrats on the casa! SEE YOU SOON ON THE EAST COAST!!!

Ruthanne said...

Yeah - a fellow Twilighter!!

Thanks for stopping by today! I love your blog layout.

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

I think I gain weight just looking at the pictures on blogs sometimes. Including mine. haha

Thanks for stopping by on my BATW today.

Kathi said...

mmmmm...and congrats on the house. Hope you get through these next few weeks effortlessly!!!

Rhea said...

That looks delicious! Congrats on your new house!!