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Flavorful Fridays: Chocolate Truffles

February 12, 2010

With Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, I’ve been thinking of sweet things I can make my husband (although, with all the desserts and his “favorites” that I make on a regular basis, you would think that everyday is Valentine’s Day). We’re not really into the store-bought box of chocolates, or the sappy Valentine’s cards, and staying in for dinner is much more our style than a fancy, over-priced night out, therefore, Will gets something special and decadent made from the coziness of our tiny kitchen.

In an effort to mix things up from what I made for him last year, I opted for something sweet rather than savory. I’ve been wanting to make my own chocolate truffles for a while now, and this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Truffles are one of the simplest desserts to make (chocolate ganache rolled in chocolate powder/nuts/sprinkles). I mean how hard can it be, really?

My first two batches (yes, I made three batches) didn’t turn out exactly as I had planned. I hurried through my first batch, trying to finish before Will got home from work. What I noticed only after I started cutting chocolate for my second batch is that I included only half the chocolate required. Whoops. Batch #2 was off to a good start. I double checked my chocolate amount and heavy whipping cream measurement. I added melted raspberry jam to give this batch a raspberry-chocolate flavors. I decided to add a little framboise to heighten the raspberry flavor (most truffles have liqueur of some kind in them). There was more in the bottle than I thought, and what was meant to be a Tablespoon, turned into a waterfall of about 3 Tablespoons! Whoops…again. I should learn not to just eyeball measurements for precisely this reason. If I had used a proper measuring unit, I would not have drowned my chocolate ganache in framboise. So, sorry, soon to be truffle! My third attempt turned out as it should have the first time! Finally, success! The truffles turned out pliably firm, without the stickiness of the first two. I tried to cover up my mistakes of the first two with powder, but they are so wet that they absorbed everything I tried to cover them with. I did, however, master my chocolate raspberry truffles by rolling them in shaved white chocolate flakes. Even though my first two batches don’t have the consistency that I desired, they still taste rich and delicious, and perhaps my husband won’t mind that they are a little softer than the last batch.

Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Ingredients:

8 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

Optional:

Try adding almond extract, various liqueurs, or cinnamon in place of the vanilla to create different flavors.

Toppings:

Unsweetened cocoa powder, shaved chocolate, chopped nuts, sprinkles, coconut, or anything that sounds good to you.

Directions:

In a small saucepan, bring heavy whipping cream to a simmer. Place chocolate in a bowl, and pour hot cream over the chocolate. Add vanilla and allow to sit for a minute before whisking into smooth mixture. Cover and place in refrigerator for up to 2 hours.

Roll ganache into small, round balls. Roll quickly (they will begin to melt in your hand), and place on wax paper. Place in the refrigerator overnight.

Roll in cocoa powder, nuts, or other toppings. Serve and enjoy!

Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Recipe courtesy of Sunset Magazine, February 2002

Ingredients:

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

12 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam, melted

1 Tablespoon framboise

Directions:

In a saucepan over high heat, bring cream to a boil. Meanwhile, place chopped chocolate in a bowl. Pour cream over chocolate and stir gently with a flexible spatula until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. (If chocolate does not melt completely, place bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and stir until melted and smooth.) Stir in framboise and jam. Chill mixture until firm, at least 3 hours; if desired, cover and chill up to 1 week.

Line a baking sheet with a piece of waxed paper. With a spoon, scoop out 1-tablespoon portions of chocolate mixture; place on waxed paper. If mixture is too firm to scoop, let stand at room temperature about 10 minutes.

Roll ganache into small, round balls. Roll quickly (they will begin to melt in your hand), and place on wax paper. Place in the refrigerator overnight.

Roll in cocoa powder, nuts, or other toppings. Serve and enjoy!

Update: Will received his Valentine chocolate truffles last night (I wanted him to enjoy them while they were still fresh). He loved the Chocolate with the Chocolate Cocoa Powder, but his favorite is the Chocolate Raspberry with the White Chocolate Flakes. He ate two of them and asked if we could make another batch!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 13, 2010 5:03 am

    yum! those look incredible!

  2. February 13, 2010 5:31 pm

    Just discovered your blog. You have some wonderful recipes and I love the truffles!

  3. Julie permalink
    February 21, 2010 3:24 pm

    I am going to attempt some truffles for my dad’s birthday! 🙂

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