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Chocolate Glaze Recipe
"So quick and simple"
This might be called a chocolate glaze recipe but it is much, much more.
You can use it as a chocolate icing recipe to ice a cake by pouring it over or letting it cool until it becomes thick enough to spread so you can fill a cake or pipe the glaze to top cupcakes. You can use it as a chocolate brownie icing or simply as a warm chocolate sauce to serve with dessert or over icecream.
This recipe is very similar to a traditional chocolate ganache recipe but alot easier to use as butter is more stable than using cream which is why I use it.
Did I mention it only has two ingredients!
Keep heading down this page and I will show you how versatile this glaze really is.
I have also now included a recipe for the traditional chocolate ganache that I use when I professionally decorate cakes in my business Inspired By Michelle Cake Designs, again it is only two ingredients.
Please read through my chocolate glaze recipe first before starting.
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Chocolate Glaze recipe
250g dark chocolate, chopped
125g unsalted butter, chopped.
It is important to use unsalted butter, the final flavour of the glaze is vastly improved by using this type of butter.
- Place all ingredients into a medium size microwave safe mixing bowl.
- Heat on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir until smooth. You may need another 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Then give an extra stir just to make sure the butter and chocolate are completely blended.
It's as simple as that!
At this point you may wish to add extra flavours depending on what you intend on using the glaze for:
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or almond essence.
- 1 tablespoon of espresso to give a rich mocha taste.
- 1/2 tablespoon of your favourite liquor.
For more flavour ideas check out out my chocolate truffles flavour page.
The glaze is now ready to use. If you want to spread it over a cake then just let it cool long enough till it thickens to the right consistency. Don't panic if it sets too hard. You can soften it in the microwave, 30 seconds on high should do it. Stir well before using.
The chocolate glaze will keep for two weeks if stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
Chocolate Ganache Recipe
As I mentioned this is the recipe for traditional chocolate ganache.
I use this when I decorate cakes.
It is used to layer and coat my cakes before I cover them in rolled fondant icing.
Like my chocolate glaze recipe it can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for two weeks. To soften, warm slowly in the microwave until it is of spreading consistency.
500g dark chocolate, finely chopped
250ml pure cream
- Add the finely chopped chocolate to a heat proof bowl.
- Heat the cream in a saucepan until it is just about to boil - do not boil.
- Pour over the chocolate and let stand for 4 minutes. This allows time for the chocolate to melt. Then stir until smooth.
- The ganache is now ready to use, although I usually make it one day ahead of time before decorating a cake.
Other ideas for my chocolate ganache/chocolate glaze ...
Do you love chocolate brownies?
Well I have a fabulous recipe that never fails to put a smile on peoples faces!
They are rich, moist and delicious. And when I am in one of my "over the top" chocolate moods then I even top my brownies with this chocolate glaze.
For great chocolate brownie ideas click here.
This is a simple chocolate filled way to enjoy this recipe.
The glaze is cooled until spreadable then beaten until it is like whipped cream.
For this and lots more ideas for chocolate cupcakes click here.
Chocolate Macaroon Recipe
My chocolate macaroon recipe is a great edition to my easy chocolate cookies recipes collection.
They have a lovely glossy crisp shell which holds a chocolaty chewy centre.
These are delicious on their own, but become irresistible when you sandwich them together with my chocolate ganache/glaze recipe.
Discover this great chocolate cookie recipe here.
Hot Baklava Dessert with Chocolate Ganache
This is super delicious and so easy to prepare.
Just take a slice of baklava and place it on a microwave safe plate. Microwave on high for 10 seconds. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or vanilla gelato then drizzle warm chocolate ganache or glaze over everything and sprinkle with chopped walnuts - DELICIOUS!
You do not even have to make the baklava just but some from your local pastry shop. Try and get large serve pieces that are juicy with syrup and nuts. If you cant the put a couple of smaller pieces together.
In case you live in Sydney Australia you can get these wonderful sized portions of sweet, nutty baklava from Marrickville Quality Cakes - Nick the owner has been making them for years and when you heat them up the syrup just oozes out - IRRESISTIBLE!
I have more easy chocolate recipes for chocolate frostings, chocolate icings, chocolate buttercreams and more here.