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

Examples of ganache in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fancy squares hide tempting fillings like white chocolate passion fruit ganache. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The best dessert bars and chocolate shops in and around Indianapolis," 11 Feb. 2020 Included are 14 pieces of gourmet chocolates, including milk, dark and white, filled with praline, coconut, ganache and more. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "18 best Valentine's Day gifts for everyone on your list 2020," 3 Feb. 2020 With Holiday Petit Cakes, Yule Log Desserts, Ornament Macarons (milk chocolate and peppermint ganache), this may be your easiest sell on the tour. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Gingerbread crawl, y’all! Pastry chefs spin up holiday wonders for all to enjoy," 11 Dec. 2019 Third: Chocolate pumpkin cake with cinnamon-chili ganache, candied pepitas, berries. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Zack Bruell Restaurant Week set to begin," 8 Jan. 2020 Participants will make vanilla bean macarons, passionfruit curd, dark chocolate ganache and matcha Swiss buttercream. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gift ideas? How about a Milwaukee-area cooking class?," 10 Dec. 2019 Layer gooey caramel and rich chocolate ganache into a hazelnut crust for a decadent dessert everyone will love. Heat oven to 350°F. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chocolate, Hazelnut & Caramel Tart," 1 Nov. 2019 The combinations frequently change, but one of her stellar creations is a small orb filled with milk chocolate ganache infused with Guinness and enrobed in dark chocolate, its exterior an inky colored cocoa butter. Ann Trieger Kurland,, "It’s time to enjoy Tick Tock Chocolates," 1 July 2019 If not using ganache, spread with a layer of frosting. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Party planning? This chocolate cake with mascarpone pumpkin frosting is even better made in advance," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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“Ganache.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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