ganache

noun
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 Her Taste of the South collection includes both more traditional options like mint julep and banana pudding as well as a Frito pie truffle, which features a corn chip center and a cheese, chive, and ghost pepper ganache that did not come to play. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, "The Best Chocolates To Buy Online Right Now," 2 Feb. 2021 Fill each puff completely with ganache from the piping bag. Serve the same day. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Ring in 2021 with a European flair," 29 Dec. 2020 Instead, they’re dolled up with incredible toppings like meringue kisses, amaretti cookies and crunchy chocolate pearls, and filled with anything from chocolate ganache to pistachio cream. Flora Tsapovsky, SFChronicle.com, "Not just any jelly doughnut: Over-the-top sufganiyot take off in the Bay Area for Hanukkah," 2 Dec. 2020 Luscious chocolate ganache sandwiched between crispy meringue shells is a Valentine's Day dessert your honey will never forget. Anna Helm Baxter, Woman's Day, "Chocolate-Stuffed Meringues," 20 Jan. 2021 The classic, chewy Italian almond cookie gets an elegant dip in a ruby chocolate ganache made with olive oil, which provides a tart and fruity counterpoint to the sweetness. Washington Post, "Sticky, gooey, crunchy, chewy — 11 gluten-free cookie recipes to delight in this holiday season," 4 Dec. 2020 Colorful sprinkles and splashes of ganache make some of them look like abstract art. Flora Tsapovsky, SFChronicle.com, "Not just any jelly doughnut: Over-the-top sufganiyot take off in the Bay Area for Hanukkah," 2 Dec. 2020 Los Angeles pastry chef Rose Wilde gives the classic, chewy and gluten-free Italian almond cookie an elegant dip in a ruby chocolate ganache made with olive oil, providing a tart and fruity counterpoint to the sweetness. Washington Post, "12 holiday cookie recipes to end the year on a sweeter note," 2 Dec. 2020 The genius of this method is that each individual can mix his own ratio of ganache to milk. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "The best hot chocolate of all time. Seriously," 30 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ganache. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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