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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
01:36 - For the record

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It seems that for optimal ganache texture, the ratio of cream to chocolate needs to be two to three times higher than in this recipe.

This attempt was with 1 cup cream to 1/4 lb. Lindt 70%, and it's nice and creamy at room temperature yet sets up quite cooperatively when chilled. The ratio called for in the recipe turned into a lumpy gross broken mass in my earlier attempt.Though I was eventually able to salvage some of the batch, it was still a desultory anticlimax to have to dig the ganache out of the bowl with a spoon hefty enough not to get bent against the dry, concrete-like broken emulsion that had unattractively separated from all the cocoa butter. This time all I'll need is a melon baller and some warm breath and it'll form up quite nicely.

Trial and error. It tastes sweet.


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3 comments

1. LAN3 - 23:54 Thu 1/24/2008 ( email )

Chocolate seizure (that lumpy mess) occurs when moisture gets into liquid chocolate, but not enough moisture for the amount of chocolate present. Add more cream, or liquor, or something else that'll go good in a ganache, and the lumpy mess will smooth out.

2. Brian Tiemann - 00:04 Fri 1/25/2008 ( email | web )

Well, no, it wasn't seized, or I don't think so... it just got too hot and the cocoa butter all separated out. I spent a lot of time trying to salvage it according to lots of techniques I found online, but it was to no avail; eventually I just smoothed it out as best I could and refrigerated it, and then worked around the solidified cocoa butter as best I could when scooping out the ganache.

Incidentally, the ratio described in this post is probably too much cream; I'd say maybe 1 cup cream to 1/3 to 1/2 lb. chocolate is the way to go.

3. Chris M - 00:23 Fri 1/25/2008 ( email )

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