ga·​nache | \ (ˌ)gä-ˈnäsh How to pronounce ganache (audio) , gə-\

Definition of ganache

: a sweet creamy chocolate mixture used especially as a filling or frosting

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Some are subtle—in the restaurant’s famous bar room chocolate cake, first developed by pastry chef Albert Kumin, Yosses has replaced its heavy buttercream with chocolate ganache—and others, like his sweet pea and mint blancmange, a bit more bold. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Meet Bill Yosses, the Four Seasons Restaurant’s Brilliant Pastry Chef," 5 May 2019 Cover cake in a thin layer of chocolate ganache, scraping away any excess to make very smooth. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Halloween Cat Cake," 2 Oct. 2018 Dessert at Amber Restaurant made with Kacinkoa 85 percent chocolate, ganache, Fisherman’s Friend dust, peppermint and white chocolate sorbet. Eric Rosen, WSJ, "How Young Chefs Are Making Their Marks on Hong Kong’s Fine Food Scene," 10 Dec. 2018 And third is the chocolate ganache swirled on top, which is made from chocolate, heavy cream, butter, and nothing else. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "This Salted Caramel-Chocolate Tart Tastes Like a Sophisticated Milk Dud," 28 Feb. 2018 One of my favorites is her salted dark chocolate layer cake with milk chocolate ganache. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 Tea Forte, 91 Newbury Tea Forte sells 93 types of tea and features a tasting table where customers can sample fun flavors like caramel nougat and raspberry ganache. Janelle Nanos,, "Here’s a look at the new shops opening on Newbury Street this summer," 25 May 2018 Allow the mixture to stand for 1 to 2 minutes, then whisk everything together until fully blended into a smooth ganache. Adrienne Westenfeld, Town & Country, "An Indulgent Take On High Tea: Chocolate Lavender Pie," 15 Mar. 2014 Cover cake in a second layer of ganache and freeze again. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Halloween Cat Cake," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of ganache

1977, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ganache

borrowed from French, originally a kind of bonbon manufactured by the Parisian confectioner Siraudin (probably after Les Ganaches, a play by Victorien sardou first performed in October, 1862), literally, "lower jaw of a horse, jowl, imbecile," borrowed from Italian (Tuscan) ganascia "jaw, jowl," central Italian ganassa, going back to Vulgar Latin (northern and central Italy) *ganassa, re-formation (with gender conformed to the source noun) of Greek gnȧthos "jaw" (attested in Medieval Latin of Italy as ganathos) — more at -gnathous

Note: The French word occurs in a list of bonbon varieties produced by "la maison Siraudin" ("Courrier de la mode," LʼIllustration, journal universel, vol. 44, no. 1139, 24 décembre 1864, p. 415): "Les bonbons preférés sont: le Maltais, la Praline du club, la Praline Livry, au sucre de violette, lʼÉmélie, lʼOrangine, puis les Ganaches, qui eurent presque le succès de la pièce de Victorien Sardou, etc., etc." ("The preferred bonbons are: the Maltese, the Club Praline, the Praline Livry, with violet sugar, the Émélie, the Orangine, then the Ganaches, which had nearly the success of Victorien Sardouʼs play, etc., etc."). The Ganache bonbon is cited in English in a list of popular French bonbons, others of which are named after successful operas and plays of the period ("Bonbons," Every Saturday: A Journal of Choice Reading, vol. 7, nol. 163, February 13, 1869, pp. 220-21).

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