stout beer ganache recipe from frederick maryland personal chef and caterer chris spear

Recently I’ve gone down the rabbit hole of beer ganache, playing with different ratios. It all started a few months ago when I was hired to cater the holiday party for one of our local breweries, Olde Mother. I had wanted to incorporate beer into as many recipes as I could. For dessert, I wanted to make a Stout Brownie Sundae and have a stout ganache on top. But I wasn’t sure where to start with the ganache. Did I need both beer and cream? Thankfully, I had a great conversation with pastry chef Charmaine McFarlane on Twitter. She had just posted a link to an article on water-based ganache. This was a great place to start. We continued the conversation, and I was able to work out a few ratios I was happy with. The challenge was getting  the texture right, and being able to taste the beer. I dark chocolate ganache will set up more firmly than a milk chocolate one, but it will also mask the flavor of the beer more. Because I would be serving the ganache warm, this wasn’t going to be much of an issue. If I were rolling truffels, which I’m getting ready to do this week, I’d need a firmer ganache. For all of the recipes, I used a ratio of 2:1 chocolate to beer by weight. So, here are the 3  recipes I’ve made recently.

oatmeal stout from olde mother brewing in frederick md

70/30 Dark/Milk- Ghiradelli 60% Chocolate 280 g, Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate 120 g & Olde Mother Oatmeal Stout 200 g

70/30 Milk/Semisweet- Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate 280 g, Ghiradelli Semisweet Chocolate 120 g & Black Flag Brunch Chocolate/Coffee/Oatmeal Stout 200 g

50/50 Milk/Semisweet- Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate 200 g, Ghiradelli Semisweet Chocolate 200 g & Firestone Walker Mocha Merlin Coffee-Infused Oatmeal Stout 200 g

Heat beer on stove over low heat until lightly simmering. Add in chocolate and let sit without stirring for 10 minutes. Stir the chocolate to incorporate. If necessary, turn the stove on very low to heat the mixture. Allow to cool to room temperature, and the store in the fridge.

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