You’ve just made a batch of delicious chocolate ganache, but it’s too thin for your baking needs—don’t despair! You can try a few different tricks to thicken your ganache rather than scrapping the entire batch. Cooling, whipping, or adding more chocolate to the ganache will generally produce a thicker product and let you get on with your baking project.
EditAdding Chocolate, Chilling, or Whipping Ganache
Use a higher chocolate-to-cream ratio to produce a thicker ganache. Milk chocolate, white chocolate, and compound chocolate all melt down to a thinner consistency than dark chocolate does. For a thicker ganache, like for truffles, use a 2:1 ratio of chocolate to cream. For a frosting ganache, use a 1:1 ratio. For a thin, pourable ganache, use a 1:1.5 ratio.
Compound chocolate is made of cocoa, sweeteners, and vegetable fat, and it melts down a little differently than baking chocolate does. Because of this, you do need a higher ratio of chocolate to cream than you would with couverture chocolate.
When you measure out the chocolate and cream, use a scale rather than measuring cups to be as precise as possible.
Add more chocolate to your ganache if you live somewhere warm. Higher temperatures will affect the viscosity of your ganache. If it’s warm enough that the chocolate softens or starts melting when it’s on the counter, plan on adding an additional of chocolate to your recipe. Especially for recipes where you need a sturdier ganache, like for truffles or for frosting between layers, you want to err on the side of too-thick rather than too-thin ganache.
Chill and beat too-thin ganache to turn it into whipped ganache. Cover the ganache with plastic wrap and set it in the fridge for an hour. Take it out and use a hand-mixer to beat the ganache until it gets fluffy and turns a lighter shade of brown. Use the whipped ganache to frost between layers of a cake or to decorate the top of baked goods. Use whipped ganache as a dip for fresh fruits or cookies.
Put ganache into the fridge to let it set and get thicker. Hot or warm ganache will always be thinner than ganache that has chilled for an hour. If you have the time, take your ganache, cover it with plastic wrap, and set it in the fridge. Leave it in the fridge for an hour, taking it out every 30 minutes to stir it. Once it gets to the right consistency, proceed with your recipe. It’s possible that the ganache won’t thicken, no matter how long you leave it in the fridge. If that’s the case, you’ll need to reheat it and add more chocolate to give it a thicker consistency.
EditReheating and Thickening Chilled Ganache
Reheat the ganache on the stovetop or in the microwave. If the ganache still isn’t thick enough after you’ve chilled it, then it’s time to try reheating it and adding more chocolate. If you’re using the stovetop, transfer the ganache to a saucepan and put it over low heat, stirring continuously. If you’re using the microwave, put the ganache in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it in 15 second increments, stirring it between each session, until the ganache is warm and runny again. Stirring the ganache frequently will keep it from burning. Use low heat or small increments of heat to safely warm up chilled ganache.
Incorporate of chocolate at a time to the warmed ganache. Weigh and add chocolate in increments. After each ounce, stir the ganache until the new addition is completely melted. If you’re using the microwave, add the chocolate to the bowl and stir the ganache before microwaving it again—the heat from the warm ganache may be enough to melt the new chocolate on its own. If it’s needed, put the bowl back into the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. If, somehow, the ganache becomes too thick, add of cream to the mixture.
Stir the ganache and add chocolate until the consistency is right. Until the ganache reaches the right thickness, keep adding of chocolate at a time. If you’re using the microwave, use your best judgement to know when to microwave the ganache again. If you’re using the stovetop, keep the heat as low as it’ll go to prevent the bottom from burning. With the microwave, the danger is that you’ll accidentally cook the ganache for too long, making it dry and hard.
Remove the ganache from the heat and let it cool, or use it right away. Once you think you’ve achieved the right consistency of ganache, remove the pot or bowl from the heat. Let it cool down on the countertop for an hour, or use it right away. Luckily, the ganache should taste great, no matter the consistency!
If you can’t get your ganache to the right consistency, repurpose it and use it as a fruit dip or pour it overtop of ice cream.
Always use caution when cooking with heat. Keep your hands safe by using oven mitts to take ganache out of the microwave or when mixing things on the stovetop.
EditThings You’ll Need
EditTroubleshooting Common Problems
Hand- or stand-mixer
EditReheating and Thickening Chilled Ganache
Saucepan or microwave-safe bowl
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