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water based ganache
July 14, 2008
9:23 pm
inhouse
United Kingdom
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Does anyone have recipes for water based ganache. What are the percentages of oil - to water/chocolate. What shelf life do you get from these types of ganache[:)]

July 16, 2008
11:01 pm
gap
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I've played around with them a bit and the great thing is they're really easy to experiment with because you can easily correct mistakes.

The only ingredients are water and couverture chocolate. Heat the water to approximately 45-50 degrees celcius (ie., it should be hot but not boiling). Then remove from heat and melt the chocolate into it. Keep stirring while the chocolate is melting in the water. When the chocolate is melted into the water, transfer into a bowl in an ice bath and combine. When incorporated, chill and allow to set.

Depending on your ratio of chocolate to water you can have achieve a whipped cream like finish, a mousse like finish or a ganache like finish. More water is required in the ratio for dark chocolate than milk chocolate as dark chocolate has more fat (cocoa butter).

So to answer your actual question, the ratio of water to chocolate depends on what type of chocolate you want to use. But you can experiment and if you find the mixture doesn't set up hard enough, you can remelt it (because it is just water and chocolate) and add more chocolate - nothing is wasted. Maybe start trying with 75% of your chocolate weight in water - ie., combining 100g of chocolate with 75g water. Then take it from there.

Shelf life for this mixture is very short because of the high water content. You can never be exact with shelf life due to there being so many considerations but I wouldn't have thought more than a few days at best.

June 30, 2009
1:51 pm
Ilana
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I am bumping up this topic. I have heard that an oil and water ganache is great and good for shelf life. Flavors can be added to the oil. I have not tried anything but am gathering info! What ratios? Which oils? A combo of oils? Does anyone have an idea or reference for me?

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June 30, 2009
6:32 pm
Forest
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Ilana...well basically, water is generally bad for shelf-life.If it's wet...then things can start growing in it.

It's the water content in cream and butter that poses the problem with many ganaches.

June 30, 2009
9:04 pm
Ilana
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Forest-hello. Thanks. I am familiar with shelf life issues etc. This is the reason I ask about adding oil to the water based ganache. The oil is also a good medium for infusing flavour. On which oil and ratios between oil,water and chocolate, I am looking for some advice or recommendation of an info source. Thanks though anyhow!![:)] There

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