Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sweet Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Sweet Chocolate Ganache Frosting
1/2 cup butter or hard margarine
1 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream (35%)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the butter, sugar, and cream. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower the heat to medium and cook for exactly two minutes. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Stir in vanilla. 

This is a great ganache-like frosting that could be used for cakes, squares, brownies, even cookies. It is also delicious eaten warm from the spoon. Poured into dishes and chilled, it could make a very rich and chocolaty pudding. I find this ganache to be a little too sweet - so I would reccommend either reducing the amount of sugar a little, since semi-sweet chocolate is used, or using a dark or bittersweet chocolate. If you dare, try both, especially if you are a deep and dark chocolate lover like me. I also find this much sugar tends to make the ganache a little bit gritty, so reducing the amount or using superfine sugar, which more easily dissolves, may help. 

This is the frosting that was on the squares from yesterday, but could be used for many more desserts as well!

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