At work, our teams like to set up pot lucks for just about any reason we can think of lol. Who doesn’t like to eat good food, right?! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I made “Irish Car Bomb”-style cupcakes … Continue reading
Ganache seemed really complicated to me, until I found out the ingredients were chocolate and heavy cream. Simple enough. Suspiciously simple.
When I tell you I spent hours researching ganache, I am not lying. I eagerly searched recipes, watched videos, learned about the types of ganache (whipped, glaze, dipping, piped), it’s origins – basically I did more work looking into ganache than I did for most of my research papers.
While I make a lot of these fun recipes, I honestly make them once a month, and only eat one to try it to make sure it is edible before I pass it off to others. I definitely love to eat sweets, but know moderation is key. With that in mind, I began to look up alternatives to using heavy cream in a ganache without taking away from it’s deliciousness. Alternatives I’ve found contain milk + butter, sour cream, and some others I can’t think of at the moment.
This recipe below is adapted from the knowledge gathered in the links at the end of this post.
Yields: ~24 cupcakes
-1/2 cup sour cream
-1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
-Combine sour cream and chocolate chips in a bowl on a double boiler.
-Heat and stir until smooth.
-Optional step: after well-blended and smooth, you can add a 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or any flavor you desire.
-Let cool for about 10 minutes to thicken to use as a glaze.
As described in the big BAKE theory‘s blog, the sour cream alternative is more for a glaze versus being able to whip it. I like the tangy-ness of the sour cream, and it is half the calories versus using heavy cream. I will play around with the milk+butter alternative and report back!
These links below are pages I came across during my research process that I found useful:
JoyofBaking.com – http://www.joyofbaking.com/ganache.html
the big BAKE theory – http://bigbaketheory.com/2012/02/24/ganache-101/
Cooking with Sugar TV – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reem1MnMduU