Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cuckoo for Chocolate Truffles


When ever I see a chocolate truffle finished simply in cocoa powder it reminds me of Cocoa Puffs. Now I know some people are gasping at the thought of this elegant and and decadent dessert being compared to a breakfast cereal. But to me they are very similar as they are both forbidden. I am a chocoholic there I said it. And Cocoa Puffs was one of the many cereals that I could not eat as a child as my mother did not consider it breakfast food, I mean for petes sake its made of chocolate. But I still lusted after it trying to sneak it in the cart as a child. Promising to only eat it on Sundays I tried everything just to get one box of Cocoa Puffs. I did not succeed, so later in life when I did taste Cocoa Puffs, I was disappointed with the lack of chocolate taste. I'm sure as a child it would have been plenty chocolaty but as my palette had changed by the time I had tasted the cereal it was not that deep chocolate flavor that I love. Which only truffles can supply but when I make truffles they need to leave the house immediately because I can polish off quite a few in a sitting. So what to do with left over heavy cream and not in the mood to bake. Make some truffles so that is what I did.


Chocolate Truffles
1 Cup of heavy cream
2 tablespoons of butter
16 oz of chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (I used Scharffenberger 62%)
2 tablespoons of Liqueur ( I used Chambord) you can use any flavored liqueur

Heat cream and butter in a saucepan until it comes to a roiling boil. Remove the cream from the heat and pour over the chocolate in a bowl and allow the chocolate to melt until smooth. Add in the liqueur and spread mixture out on a parchment lined pan or in a bowl. Leave in a cool place uncovered for 24 hours in the fridge for up to an hour. To make the truffles, pull off a quarter size piece from the tray or bowl and roll into a bowl. Roll in your coating of choice which can be cocoa powder, chopped nuts or in tempered chocolate.

5 comments:

  1. Glad to know that I am not the only one with no will power :) Wouldn't it be nice if you could only make 4 truffles at a time? If I bake something sweet and decedent I have no choice but to give it away quick, or I'll eat it!

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  2. Lisarene - Most of the time if I make a cake or something I don't even taste it until right before its gonna leave other wise who knows how much would be gone. Once I start I just can't stop.

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  3. These truffles are absolutely perfect.
    I tend to give away my baked goods and candy as well, otherwise I'll eat them all up. My husband is not into sweets, which makes things even more complicated for me. :S

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  4. i can only ever make truffles if i'm taking them to a party or something, because i WILL eat them all. every single one.

    i enjoy frangelico or peppermint schnapps in a truffle.

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  5. Patricia - My husband will only taste what I make otherwise he is will polish off a plate too.

    Michelle - I can see how you would do that. I had 2 truffles and then pushed them to the back of the fridge until my husband took them into work.

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