Weekend treat

So here is the truth. I am not making these today. Because: we are going to IKEA, we are going to a horse show, I am going to have my hair done and I am busy making everything ready for my Monday Listicle link up starting next week.

Janice from Mommyslounge said she will start making her top ten list weekly too. One thing let to another and  I decided to let anyone with a list of 10 WHATEVER link up to my page and hop around. Becasue I love hosting a big group of opinionated strangers. I might even serve you virtual truffles!

Anyway, I have made these in the past and apart from being a bit time consuming they are very easy to make. Truffles are in fact my favorite food group. You probably want something posh to go with your chocolate treat? How about you head over to Faith Hope and whole lotta love and look at her amazing photos. Happy weekend, see you Monday, bring a list.

Chocolate Truffles

Espresso Truffles
Photo: Hector Sanchez
Makes 35-45 truffles| Hands-On Time: 40m | Total Time: 1hr 10m

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Make the filling: Place 8 ounces of the chocolate pieces and the butter in a large bowl. In a small saucepan over low heat, bring the cream to a simmer. Remove from heat and pour half the cream into the bowl. As the chocolate melts, slowly whisk the mixture together until smooth. Then gradually add the remaining cream until it’s completely incorporated and the ganache is thick and shiny.
  2. Form the truffles: Pour the ganache into a 2-inch-deep baking pan, spread evenly, and place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until set (it should have the consistency of fudge). Using a melon baller or a small spoon, form rounds and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Let the truffles harden in the freezer for about 15 minutes. After removing truffles from the freezer, roll them between your hands into marble-size spheres, squeezing gently (try to do this quickly, otherwise they’ll become too soft). Dust the truffles with cocoa (see step 4) or coat them with chocolate first (they’ll hold their shape better in this case).
  3. Make the coating: Set the truffles in the freezer while you make the chocolate glaze. Place the remaining chocolate pieces in a large bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove from heat and let cool at room temperature, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate starts to set at the edge of the bowl. Drop the truffles into the melted chocolate and retrieve them with a fork, allowing any excess chocolate to drip off. Garnish immediately or leave the truffles plain and proceed to step 5.
  4. Garnish: For a nut garnish, roll the freshly coated truffles in a shallow dish of chopped nuts. For a sugar or cocoa garnish, set the freshly coated truffles on a plate and sift the garnish over them. Turn the truffles and sift again to cover completely.
  5. Storage: Place the truffles on a lined baking sheet and allow them to set in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. Truffles will keep for about 2 weeks, chilled or at room temperature, when stored in a tightly sealed container.

By Kay Chun,  February 2001

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 70
  • Calcium  7mg
  • Carbohydrate  7g
  • Cholesterol  7mg
  • Fat  6g
  • Fiber  1g
  • Iron  1mg
  • Protein  1mg
  • Sat Fat  3g
  • Sodium  3mg
Recipe courtesy of www.realsimple.com