Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache

Preparation

Warm 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter in a microwave until slightly pourable, about 20 seconds. Combine the peanut butter with 1 tablespoon of peanut oil and 1 cup of Velvety Smooth Milk Chocolate Ganache and mix with an electric mixer until thoroughly blended.

Yield

Makes about 2 pounds of ganache

Preparation Time

Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Cooling time: 2 hours
Chilling time: 3 to 4 hours

Special Toolbox

  • Large, heavy saucepan (3 quarts or larger)
  • Plastic sealable storage container
  • 1-1/2  cups heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 pounds of milk chocolate (at least 32 percent), chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large, heavy saucepan, bring the cream to a boil over a medium-high heat. Remove the pan from heat.
  2. Immediately add the chocolate to the pan and whisk until smooth.
  3. Set aside for about 2 hours to cool completely, whisking every 15 minutes or so to keep the ganache emulsified.
  4. When cool, transfer the ganache to a rigid plastic or glass container, cover, date, and refrigerate overnight before using.
  5. Ganache will keep refrigerated for up to three months.

Chef’s Secret

Cream doubles in size when it is brought to a boil; be sure to use a large enough saucepan. For 1-1/2 cups of cream, you will need a 3-quart saucepan or larger.

Tip

The Easy Fill Despositing Machine, shown below, is an easy way to fill shell moulded praline with ganaches.

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2 Comments

  1. Emily

    Hi, I have a question about homemade sea salt caramel shelf life. I made some using Ewald Notter recipe from his book ( The Art Of Chocolatier) in April. I kept in the fridge. It still tastes good. But is it safe to use it and give some to family?. Thank you

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    • Brian Donaghy

      Hi Emily,

      Traditionally caramels have longer shelf lives than other confections because of the high sugar content. I would cut them and look for visible signs of microbiological contamination (mold). If there are no visible signs and they taste okay, I would personally eat them, but you have to make your own decision about what’s safe to give to other people.

      But the real question is, how have they lasted that long? Nothing as delicious as a caramel should last at home longer than a couple of days!

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