Recipes > Bittersweet Ganache Glaze | Dairy-Free

Bittersweet Ganache Glaze | Dairy Free


This is a very versatile rich glaze for the chocolate fan. This decadent ganache can be used as a glaze for cakes and cupcakes, as the base for truffles or dip for fresh fruits.
  • Serves: Makes 2 cups
  • Active Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
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Step 1: Making the Ganache

Making the Ganache
  • 8 oz dark chocolate (70 to 72%), finely chopped
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp any non-dairy milk
  • pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp mild tasting extra-virgin olive oil


Place the chocolate to a heatproof bowl and set aside while you heat the non-dairy milk.

Pour the non-dairy milk into a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the salt and bring to a low boil.

Immediately remove the saucepan from the heat. and pour all of the hot milk over the chopped chocolate. Rotate the bowl so the chocolate is completely submerged. Cover the bowl with a plate and let stand undisturbed for 4 minutes.

Remove the plate and whisk the chocolate into the milk from the center out, whisking only until the mixture is smooth and glossy.

Keep the bowl of ganache at room temperature while you test the final consistency. To test the consistency, dip a teaspoon into the ganache or pour a small amount into a ramekin and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

After chilling, the ganache should be smooth and firm, but should still be creamy on the palate. Although unlikely, if the glaze is too firm, add a tablespoon, more or less of room temperature non-dairy milk and repeat the test, adding more liquid as needed. If the glaze is too thin, add some melted chocolate.

Once you are happy with the final consistency, add the vanilla and olive oil and continue to gently whisk.

Allow the ganache to thicken at room temperature for 15 to 25 minutes or until it nicely coats a spoon with minimal dripping, but is still pourable. Stir a few times from the outside into the center of the ganache before using to glaze the cake.

Use this ganache to glaze a variety of cakes. For more information on how to glaze a cake using ganache, watch the end of this video here.

Chef's Notes

The glaze can be refrigerated in a tightly closed container for up to five days and frozen for up to one month. The glaze hardens when it is cold and will need to be reheated. To reheat, spoon the glaze into a heatproof bowl that fits over a saucepan of barely simmering water. When about two-thirds of the glaze has melted, stir gently until it is smooth. Adjust the consistency as needed by stirring warm non-dairy milk into the glaze, a little at a time.


  • Liliane A
    Liliane A
    If I were to use semi sweet chocolate - What would difference in taste be?
  • Kirk B
    Kirk B
    Hi Liliane - Great question. So semisweet chocolate is typically much sweeter than dark chocolate - we love to use semisweet chocolate for our ganache at home as our children aren't as found of the dark chocolate - nonetheless, they lick the bowl of either! Thanks for learning with Rouxbe Liliane - all the best, Chef Kirk
  • Cynthia  H
    Cynthia H
    If I do not have non dairy milk can regular milk be used? Or evaporated milk?
  • Kirk B
    Kirk B
    Hi Cynthia - absolutely you can substitute regular milk (I like to use heavy whipping cream now and then) in the recipe for ganache...all the best, Chef Kirk
  • Marilyn
    What kind of cookies are at the end of this video? Can I get the recipe?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Gluten-Free Lace Cookies:
  • Vineeta  G
    Vineeta G
    can we freeze this ganache glaze?
  • Brian S
    Brian S
    Hello Vineeta, you can freeze this ganache and thaw prior to use. I would recommend pulling the ganache out to room temperature and whisking to ensure a smooth consistency. Enjoy
  • Hannah F
    Hannah F
    Hello Rouxbe Staff, is there a way to make this without oil and still produce the same or similar results? Or is there a substitute for oil that works well? Thanks
  • Fran C Rouxbe Staff
    Fran C
    Hannah, the 1 tbsp of oil can be eliminated. The sheen on the glaze may be slightly less but as long as you use a premium quality chocolate in the percentage listed in the recipe, the glaze will be fine. Fran

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