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Ganache Filling

A rich, smooth mixture of melted chocolate and cream, ganache is often used to glaze cakes, pastries and cookies. It makes a luscious filling for macaroons (see related recipe at left).

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate,
     finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions:

In a heatproof bowl, combine the chocolate and butter.

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the cream just to a boil. Remove from the heat and immediately pour the cream over the chocolate and butter. Using a handheld whisk, stir the mixture until the chocolate and butter melt and are smooth. Let cool until spreadable.
Makes about 1 1/3 cups.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Essentials of Baking, by Cathy Burgett, Elinor Klivans & Lou Seibert Pappas (Oxmoor House, 2003).