Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chocolate Truffles

My friends invited us to their housewarming last weekend.  In addition to some store bought gifts, I made them some homemade chocolate truffles.  Homemade gifts with some personal touch.  These melt-in-your-mouth truffles are crowd pleasers.  Once you dress them up nicely, they can totally compete with the ones that they sell at the fancy chocolateries. 

Chocolate Truffles
(20 servings ~ 50 calories each)
adapted from Lindt

For Ganache
¼ cup (60ml) heavy cream
5oz (150grams) Lindt milk, white or dark chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips)
1 tablespoon (15 grams) butter, softened
1. Place the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl. Set aside.
2. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan until it just comes to a boil, add butter and stir until melted.

3. Pour the cream and butter mixture into the chocolate bowl, stir or whisk the mixture until the chocolate is completely melted.  Microwave the bowl to melt the chocolate completely as nessasary.

4. Put the ganache in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, ensuring that the plastic makes contact with the entire surface of the ganache.
5. Refrigerate overnight or until the ganache is set (about 2-3 hours)
6. To form basic truffles
Use a teaspoon, roll the ganache in a ball and place on parchment paper. To avoid a big mess on your hands, use gloves!  And make sure you have some ice around to keep your hands cold as you roll the ganache in a ball.  The ganache melts easily. 

7. To finish the truffles
Roll truffles in unsweetened cocoa powder, powdered sugar, chocolate shavings, chopped chocolate, chopped toasted nuts or coconut.
Gummy bear chocolate :)
Chocolate Heaven! 

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