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post #1 of 41
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I've made chocolate ganache many times and did attempt white chocolate ganache once. After it failed, that's when I looked it up to find the white chocolate takes almost twice as much as chocolate. Lesson learned.

I had another random thought today about trying different flavors, which is probably old news to most everyone! With butterscotch, peanut butter, cinnamon chips, etc.......would these take the same amount of chocolate, or do they require more like the white chocolate?????

I did a search on here and found nice pictures of cupcakes dipped in a butterscotch ganache, which stated they just mixed it until it looked right!

I am not much of an "until it looks right" person until I've made it a few times and have an idea of what the looks right should look like!

Anyone have a base amount to start out with for the ratio of chips to cream?
post #2 of 41
oh...sounds yummy! Butterscotch and peanut butter...I am so hoping somebody has an answer for you!!
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oh...sounds yummy! Butterscotch and peanut butter...I am so hoping somebody has an answer for you!!
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post #4 of 41
I make all kinds of ganache. Most of the different "flavours" are based on the white chocolate style of ganache, and from that point, you need to assess whether what you are adding is a solid or a liquid, and then adjust the chocolate content accordingly.

Therefore, when I make strawberry ganache, I add pureed strawberries and strawberry oil to my white ganache. Hence I need to add MORE white chocolate to counter-act the liquefying effect of the strawberries.

When I have made a 'nutella' flavoured (my hazelnut-chocolate ganache) I make a milk choc ganache and stir in a few big TBSP nutella. As nutella is softer than ganache, I add in a little bit extra chocolate. This would also be the same for peanut butter.

When I have made choc-mint ganache, I add a few drops of peppermint and spearmint oil, and then crumble up several mint crisp bars and stir it through when the ganache has cooled but not set. I don'ty modify the ganache recipe at all in this case, as the mint crisp bars are solid and dry, and a few drops of oil are neither here nor there.

Its true - you need to experiemnt a bit and get comfortable with your ganaches. I don't ever work from a recipe when it comes to modified ganache recipes. But the standard ratios are used as a base point, and I modify it from there.

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post #5 of 41
Evoir -
The strawberry ganache sounds divine. Would you mind sharing approximate amounts of the ingredients? I absolutely adore strawberry anything!

And for the PB ganache, do you add the PB to white ganache or regular chocolate ganache?
post #6 of 41
Jamielc - I basically wash, dry and hull a punnet of strawberries (250grams) and puree them. You can leave it in a muslin-lined seive overnight to eliminate additional water if you like. Make your white ganache to a 4:1 ratio starting with 800 grams (or more - it does depend on the wateriness of your strawberries) of white choc and 200grams of cream, and when it has cooled (not set firmly), stir through the strawberry puree, and then 3 drops of strawberry oil, or essence. It will be a natural strawberry pale colour, so add a couple drops of red or pink colour if you prefer that (I don't).

I have used this as a cake filling, but mostly I use it for my strawberry macarons! Its delicious (I love anything strawberry too!)

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post #7 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Evoir

Therefore, when I make strawberry ganache, I add pureed strawberries and strawberry oil to my white ganache. Hence I need to add MORE white chocolate to counter-act the liquefying effect of the strawberries.



what is strawberry oil?
post #8 of 41
Its an oil-based strawberry essence. You use it for chocolate-making, as water or alcohol based would seize the chocolate.

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post #9 of 41
Mmmm...
I wonder if any of these alternative ganache flavors work for spreading on a cake that's meant to be covered with fondant?

Evoir...is the strawberry oil Lorann's?
post #10 of 41
The one I use isn't Lorann's (I'm in Australia) but I assume they would have it in their range. Its not essential - I just use oils in tiny amounts to blend out my flavours.

And yes - if you are not adding chunks, you can use it underneath fondant. I do this with all my mudcake varieties, in complementing flavours.

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post #11 of 41
I just made several batches of Peanut Butter ganache for my Basket of Chili Peppers cake, using Buddy's Cake Boss recipe and Reese's chips and it was perfect. I assume the butterscotch chips would work similarly.
I would shy away from using any 'candy' and stay safe with the 'chips' sold for this purpose.

recipe:
1 cup heavy cream
9 oz. chips
1 tbsp light corn syrup

the mint sounds divine. I can't wait to try that.
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post #12 of 41
You can also add liqueurs or extracts after mixing the cream and chocolate together. Start with 2 tablespoons for each half cup of heavy cream, adding more or less to taste. icon_biggrin.gif Your ganache can be as creative and tasty as you would like thumbs_up.gif
post #13 of 41
Thank you for the great information, everyone...
I had never even considered anything but plain chocolate or white chocolate when using ganache under fondant.

(I'm not a fan of Lorann's aftertaste anyway, so I'll look into other brands).
post #14 of 41
i was thinking about using ANDES MINTS to make ganache (you know, those lovely little chocolate candies with the green mint middle). is there any reason i couldn't use these in ganache with the same recipe i would use for regular chocolate ganache?

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post #15 of 41
I just completed a chocolate making class, and the chef had us making all different kinds of ganache and we made an andes mint ganache it was soooo good! you make it the same way you make a regular ganache. thumbs_up.gif
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