Chocolate Truffles

You can create chocolate truffles that are a mouth-watering chocolate delicacy. These are so easy to make and could be given as a special gift.

To produce a white truffle for a chocolate wedding favor, you can use white chocolate rolled in coconut or roll milk or dark chocolate in finely grated white chocolate or powdered sugar.

Need:

Medium size microwavable glass bowl
Cookie sheet
Wax paper
Medium saucepan
Measuring spoons
Fork

Ingredients for Base:

12 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate (70 percent cocoa), chopped.
3/4 cup whipping (heavy) cream
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon orange, vanilla, almond, rum, or your favorite extract (optional)

Directions for Base:

  • Combine 12 ounces chocolate and cream in bowl.
  • Melt in microwave on medium power about 3 minutes until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth when stirred.
  • Add butter, stir until melted and mixture is smooth.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or until firm.
  • Shape into about 1 inch size balls.

Coating

Ingredients for Coating:

Cocoa powder, powdered sugar, finely chopped nuts of your choice, coconut or finely grated white, milk or dark chocolate.
or
6 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate (70 percent cocoa), chopped.
1 tablespoon shortening (this helps set the chocolate so it does not melt easily)

Directions for Coating:

  • Roll in the cocoa powder, powdered sugar, nuts, coconut or grated chocolate.(or dip in chocolate as follows)
  • Melt 6 ounces chocolate and shortening over low heat in saucepan, stir constantly until melted and smooth.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Place truffle ball in chocolate and turn with a fork to coat.
  • Lift from pan scraping fork on side to leave excess chocolate in pan.
  • Place coated truffles on waxed paper lined pan spaced well apart.
  • If using nuts, sprinkle at this time.
  • Refrigerate about 10 minutes – 1 hour until chocolate coating is set.

Store in refrigerator in airtight container.

Makes:

20-30 truffles depending on the size ball you form

Additions or Variations:

  • Specialty chocolate bars, such as those with tea and spice flavors, can be use to make unusual truffle flavors.

See this video on how to make chocolate truffles:


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