Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Chocolate Truffles

After Jack woke up from his nap, he saw these little gems on the counter. Of course he asked for one. He scarfed it down and promptly asked for a repeat. I said, “Son, you can’t just shove it down your throat. It is a delicacy. Can you say delicacy?”


“No, del-i-ca-cy”

“No, decalcy.”

He is so refined.

8 oz bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate
½ cup heavy cream
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup cocoa powder

Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put it in a heat-proof bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the cream just to a simmer, then pour it over the chocolate in the bowl. Let it stand for about 10 minutes or until the chocolate has melted. Stir until smooth. Cover the mixture and let stand at room temperature for 45 minutes.

Stir in the vanilla. Beat with a hand mixer until the mixture has lightened in color and holds a soft peak, about 3 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.

Sift the cocoa powder over a baking sheet. To shape the truffles, use 2 spoons (I used 1 tsp measuring spoons) to measure out small lumps of chocolate just as your would drop cookie dough, and drop them onto the cocoa-lined baking sheet. Rub your hands in some cocoa powder to keep the chocolate from sticking. Then pick up one of the lumps of chocolate and lightly roll it between the palms of your hands to a form a ball. Put the truffle back on the baking sheet and roll it in the cocoa powder until it is entirely covered. Do the same with the rest of the truffles. Put all of the truffles on a plate and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to serve. They will keep for up to a week. Take them out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving.

Yields 30 truffles.


Jodi Jean said...

ooooh how i love me some truffles!!

your blog looks AMAZING!!! megan did a dang good job! what a sweet sister!

Mal said...

They were amazing! Jack had a hard time with the real coco which coats the outside...he took a bite and just started shaking his head. I told him to keep chewing and he was soon asking for more. They were delicious.

Andrea said...

Oh my goodness! How long do these take from start to finish???

whit. ing. said...

jodi jean, next time I make these, I will let you know. And yes, Megan is the bomb.

mal, yeah, the first few truffles were rough when I was trying to figure out how to get them coated right. Remember by cocoa powder cough after the first one?

andrea, I would say it takes a total of an hour and half. But hands on time is really minimal. You should give these a try.