Dark Chocolate Ganache

Preparation info
  • Makes

    1½ cups

    • Difficulty


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By James Peterson

Published 2007

  • About

This is the classic ganache recipe and it makes just enough to cover a 4-layer 9-inch cake. This same ganache can also be used hot as a sauce for ice cream. If you want a very thick chocolate sauce, add half as much butter as chocolate when melting the chocolate.


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped


In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a boil over high heat, and then turn off the heat. Add the chocolate to the cream and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir with a rubber spatula until you have a perfectly smooth dark sauce. When you can barely hold your hand against the bottom of the saucepan because of the heat, the ganache is ready to pour over your cake.

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