Super-Easy Chocolate Ganache or Gelato

"You have two choices here: Either refrigerate this as a Ganache and use it to make truffles or to frost cakes, or opt to add a couple more ingredients and turn it into a delicious creamy chocolate Italian ice cream (aka Gelato). Enjoy cocktails? try Recipe #377198 using the gelato from this recipe. :)"
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  • Place heavy cream, butter, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until just simmering and sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and add chocolate and vanilla extract. Stir well until smooth and chocolate is melted through.
  • FOR GANACHE: Let cool, stirring occasionally. When cooled completely, refrigerate until needed. You can make truffles by scooping out little melon-sized balls of ganache and roll in coconut, cocoa powder, or chopped nuts. To make cake icing, beat mixture until thick and creamy, to your desired spreading consistency.
  • FOR GELATO: Let cool, stirring occasionally. When cooled to room temperature, add eggs and milk, whisking to incorporate. Return to a medium heat and cook, while continuing to stir or gently whisk, until warmed up again.
  • Remove from heat and let cool, stirring occasionaly. When cooled to room temperature, place in a freezer container and freeze for at least 2 hrs before serving.

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  1. Messy44
    Holy chocolate nirvana. Twenty stars. Made the gelato and it was just delightful. Very creamy. Will make again, but not often as this is ultra-decadent. Followed directions with no changes and this recipe is just a winner. Thanks for a great one!
  2. Gretchen
    This was awsome!! i needed a ganache for my cake topping,& this worked wonderfully, i had some left over & made truffles with it, I have never made truffles & surprised myself. thanks so much.
  3. pita288
    It's almost silly how good the gelato is, no one can seem to eat more than a few bites because it's so rich (which is more than okay). I am definitely going to make this again.<br/><br/>I recommend softening the chocolate chips in the microwave for 3-4 seconds first because it makes them easier to stir in.
  4. weekend cooker
    Great for kids with a chocolate addition, young and old. I made this as a gelato. Used vanilla extract also as an option. Great taste and flavors. Glad that everyone saved one for me. Made for PRMR tag.
  5. Sydney Mike
    OUTSTANDING CHOCOHOLIC FIX! I was going to make this as a ganache, but when the weather turned really warm (Everyone else around here calls it REALLY, REALLY HOT!) I decided to go with the gelato, & that was wonderful! So easy to prepare for something that has such a great taste! Thanks so much for a great summertime keeper! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Please Review My Recipe]



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