Rich chocolate ganache can easily be made with milk instead of cream. Read on to learn how to make it on the stovetop or in the microwave! You can even make it in really small amounts when all you want to do is eat it by the spoonful. I do this all the time.
I've been making chocolate ganache for over a decade. I used to be a pastry chef but more than that I am just obsessed with chocolate.
What is chocolate ganache?
Chocolate ganache most commonly refers to a mixture of hot cream, high quality chocolate, and sometimes butter. The hot cream melts the chocolate and it turns into a silky smooth but thick glaze that tastes amazing on everything.
It can also be poured onto cakes, rolled into truffles, whipped into frosting, or piped into cupcakes for the most indulgent filling. It truly is versatile and tastes divine!
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How do you make it?
Typically ganache is made with a 1:1 ratio of cream to chocolate. Cream is warmed up in a pan and then poured over the chocolate. It is then whisked into a silky smooth chocolate glaze. Sometimes butter is added toward the end to give it a lovely and shiny sheen.
At first it will be the texture of a thick glaze but as it sits the chocolate will begin to cool and it will become spreadable.
Chocolate ganache without cream is only slightly different. You need less milk or it will be too thin but otherwise it's pretty much the same. In this case though the butter is to make up for the loss of fat in the milk,
How to make it with milk instead of cream
- Place the dark chocolate in a medium sized bowl. Have a whisk ready.
- In a small saucepan heat up the butter and milk on medium heat. Once the butter is melted turn the heat to medium high.
- Once the hot milk mixture starts to bubble up pour it directly over the chocolate and let it sit for 1 minute.
- Whisk until smooth and silky. Enjoy immediately or let sit for 3 hours until it becomes spreadable.
How to make it in the microwave
You can also make chocolate ganache without cream in the microwave. There's two ways to do this:
Follow the recipe
Follow the recipe but instead of heating the milk and butter on the stovetop do it in the microwave. Make sure the butter is fully melted and the cream is hot. Follow the recipe as directed after that.
You can just wing it with a small amount of chocolate. I do this all the time because I LOVE ganache but I don't need a big bowl begging me to dig in.
I put a small handful of dark chocolate chips in a small cup and then add a splash of milk to it. It's better to add too little than too much. It shouldn't fully cover the chocolate. Microwave just until the milk starts to foam up in the microwave and then pull it out and stir.
Make sure you sit there and watch it in the microwave so it doesn't overflow. Enjoy with cocoa nibs, mini marshmallows, or dip some cookies into it for a quick and delicious treat. It takes practice but after a while the amounts will be like second nature.
Pro Tips & Substitutions
- Let the cream sit on the chocolate for at least one minute! This will ensure that all the chocolate melts and you don't end up with pieces of chocolate in your ganache that didn't melt.
- It's okay for the cream to come to a boil. I've seen a lot of people say it's not but I've not had any issues with milk or cream burning. You just don't want to let it sit there and boil. Once it starts to bubble up or boil immediately take it off the heat and pour it over the chocolate.
- Don't worry if you only have milk and no butter it will still be delicious just slightly less rich. Whenever I wing it and just make a small amount I never add butter because it's usually 10 p.m. and I want it done in 30 seconds without making an extra dirty dish.
- The better quality the chocolate the better it will taste. I like to use Ghirardelli but sometimes I will use something higher quality but I never use nestle toll house chocolate chips. They're delish in cookies but they don't belong in ganache. It just won't be as good.
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Chocolate Ganache without Cream
- Small sauce pan
- 4 oz Dark chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate (About ¾ cup)
- 3 tbsp Whole milk
- 2 tbsp Unsalted butter
- Place the chocolate in a medium sized bowl then set aside.
- In a small sauce pan heat the milk and butter on medium heat until the butter melts. Turn the heat to medium high and once the milk starts to boil immediately take it off the heat and pour it over the chocolate.
- Let the mixture sit for at least 1 minute undisturbed. Gently stir with a whisk or spatula until smooth and silky.