Ganache is the perfect god-sent deliciousness you need to make any baked good beyond enjoyable. If you’re left with some extra ganache and worried about wasting it, you might wonder, “Can you reheat ganache?”
Yes, you can reheat ganache. It can be reheated in a microwave, in a warm water bath, or on the stovetop using a double boiler.
To soften your ganache, put its container out at room temperature and wait for it to soften. If it’s frozen, it will take 1 hour to soften. If it was in the fridge, 15 to 30 minutes should be enough.
Yes, you can microwave ganache, but it’s not the best way to reheat it. It’s easy to burn and ruin your ganache using a microwave. Microwaving may also alter its consistency and flavor.
Here’s what you need to do to reheat ganache in a microwave:
- Put your ganache in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Be very careful and heat it in 5 to 10-second intervals at medium until heated sufficiently.
- Fold your ganache between each interval.
It is risky to reheat your ganache in a microwave because reheating it takes a lot of precision. Here are some valuable tips to help avoid ending up with thick fudge and burnt flavor:
- Always use a microwave-safe bowl.
- Don’t use a very big bowl. This will result in a very thin layer of ganache and increase the chance of burning it.
- Start heating on medium heat.
- Never heat it in one go. 10-second intervals are the best way to reheat ganache.
- Fold between every interval to judge the texture and avoid overheating it.
Yes, reheating ganache at room temperature or creating a warm water bath for heating is one of the safest and most effective methods. However, it can be slower than using a microwave or a double boiler.
We will be using the warm water method to reheat ganache. Here’s what you need to do:
- Put your ganache in a bowl.
- Take a larger bowl and fill it with lukewarm water.
- Place the bowl with ganache inside the larger bowl
- Keep stirring the ganache until it is heated to your liking.
If you thaw your ganache at room temperature, it won’t lose its decadent flavor and unique consistency. Below are some tips to help you reheat ganache in a warm place:
- Keep it in the same container you refrigerated it in, don’t switch.
- Don’t rush the thawing process if you leave the ganache out at room temperature.
- If you’re using a warm water bath, make sure the ganache bowl fits properly inside the bigger bowl.
- Ensure that the environment is not too warm. You want to soften the ganache, not melt, and separate it.
- Stirring is key to ensuring you get the best consistency and flavor.
Yes, you can reheat ganache in a double boiler. This method is great if you are in a rush and don’t have time to thaw the ganache or use a warm water bath.
Here’s what you need to do to reheat ganache in a double boiler:
- Add some water to the bottom pot and pour the ganache into the pot on top.
- Make sure the top pot is not touching the water.
- Set the heat to medium-low.
- Keep stirring your ganache throughout the heating process.
- Remove the ganache from the double boiler immediately after you reach the desired consistency.
Reheating ganache in a double boiler is the safest method if you don’t have time to thaw it at room temperature. This is much better than using a microwave. Here are a few useful tips:
- Don’t overfill the bottom pot with water. A couple of inches should suffice.
- Don’t turn the heat high even if you’re in a rush. This will most definitely burn your ganache.
- Make sure you keep stirring your ganache while it’s reheating. Stay cautious while stirring to avoid overheating.
- Don’t leave your ganache unsupervised.
- Use very low heat for heating white chocolate ganache.
- Remove your ganache from the double boiler the moment it has softened. Don’t wait.
Yes, you can use cold ganache, but it will be a challenge to spread it out due to stiffness. If you take your time, you can manage to spread it out. However, ganache is best when it’s warm and soft.
Note: You can’t use cold ganache for filling. If you wish to fill it, you will have to reheat it. There’s no quick escape, unfortunately!
How long ganache will last depends on the conditions you keep it in and how you store it. Here’s a breakdown for you:
- Room temperature: Ganache will stay good for 2 days in a cool, room temperature environment.
- Refrigerated: If you refrigerate leftover ganache, it will last you for up to 2 weeks. It may also last up to 1 month.
- Frozen: Freezing ganache will keep it good for up to 3 months.
Note: Make sure you check your ganache every 2 weeks (when in the fridge) to see if it has gone bad.
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You can remelt ganache by setting it at room temperature or heating it in the microwave at 10-second intervals. You can also use a double boiler to remelt it.
Add more chocolate to thicken a runny ganache.
Add heavy cream to ganache to make it thinner. If your ganache is frozen, set it out at room temperature to soften it.
How do you reuse leftover ganache?
It’s practically a sin to waste something as heavenly as ganache. You can reuse your leftover ganache to make so many delicious goods!
- Chocolate Fondue: Add some Half and Half to turn ganache into chocolate fondue.
- Cookie Sandwich Filling: Put leftover fondue between cookies and freeze them for some time. The result will be as good as an ice cream sandwich!
- Truffles: Roll your chilled leftover ganache into balls and coat them with cocoa or nuts for instant truffles.
- Icing: Use ganache as is for icing cupcakes or ice cream. You can beat it in powdered sugar for extra flavor.
- Chocolate Mousse: Reheat ganache in a double boiler. Put whipped cream in it and whip it for an instant mouse.
- Mocha Latte: Pour it into coffee and mix it for a mocha latte.
- Chocolate Sauce: Add cream to thin it and use it as a topping on ice cream.
- Dip for Fruits: Dip fruits in melted ganache, cool it and serve.
- Rocky Road Fudge: Warm ganache, mix in mini-marshmallows and nuts. Pour the mixture into a cake pan, refrigerate it and enjoy Rocky Road Fudge.
- S’mores: Spread ganache on graham crackers and add marshmallows. Grill for yummy s’mores.
- Crepe Filling: Add mascarpone, equal part, and add to crepes.
- Dip for Cookies: Cover cookies with warm ganache and enjoy double chocolate cookies.
- Hot Chocolate: Add ganache to hot milk and whisk.
- Tarts: Melt ganache and pour into tart cups–get instant tarts.
- Breakfast spread: Use it as a bread spread.
- Eat it: Grab a spoon and dig in.
- Croissants: Spread ganache on croissants. Warm them in the oven for instant croissants.
- Fudge: Take advantage of its fudge-like consistency. Warm it and mix some nuts and dried fruits. Pour it into a cake pan and set for instant fudge.
Save leftover ganache by pouring it into a resealable container and freezing it. It will last you for 3 months if you freeze it. You can also store it in a refrigerator for 2 weeks.
You can later thaw frozen ganache in the fridge overnight.
If you don’t plan to use your ganache right away, it is best to store it properly. Here’s how you can store ganache overnight:
- Pour fresh ganache into a container and let it thicken a little.
- Seal the container with a cling wrap tightly.
- Leave no gaps when wrapping the container with cling wrap; this will prevent air and moisture from entering it.
- Place the container in the refrigerator.
Ganache is decadent and multi-purpose. It’s the perfect match for your baked goods. But if you want to reheat it, keep in mind that it’s risky business.
The best practice is to let your ganache thaw or use a warm water bath if you want to reheat and soften it. Never waste your leftover ganache; store it properly and enjoy!
Continue to learn about reheating by reading this article on how to reheat donuts.