Truffles

Truffles

I remem­ber the first time I tasted a choco­late truf­fle. I thought there had been some mis­take. Clearly this food was not intended for mere mor­tals. It had some­how slipped through the bound­ries between our world and the god’s! Manna, Ambrosia, Theobroma–do we even deserve this stuff? In my opin­ion, it ranks very high up in the “top 5 things I would like to put in my mouth” cat­e­gory. Con­sid­er­ing all the yummy stuff out there, both sweet and savory, this is lofty praise indeed! A total indul­gence not to be taken in exces­sive amounts, one must also take care not to fall prey to icky, sub-standard exam­ples of pseudo-truffles. Espe­cially not when they are so incred­i­bly sim­ple to pre­pare! Use high qual­ity choco­late and pre­pare to impress you­self and oth­ers if you have never tried to make these your­self! If you are less of a deep-dark choco­late lover, just sub­sti­tute the 60% for all semi-sweet, or a good qual­ity milk.

3/4 cup heavy cream

4 oz. good qual­ity semi-sweet choco­late (52% cocoa), chopped small

4 oz. good qual­ity bit­ter­sweet choco­late (60% cocoa), chopped small

2 table­spoons unsalted but­ter, softened

Coat­ings:

Toasted coconut—-in this case, I use reg­u­lar sweet­ened coconut and toast it in the oven

Truffle Rolled in Coconut

Toasted almonds, chopped very small

Truffle Rolled in Nuts

Good qual­ity cocoa powder

Truffle Rolled in Cocoa

In a small, heavy saucepan, place the cream. Heat to a slight sim­mer. Pull from the heat and add the chocolate,and soft­ened but­ter. Stir gen­tly together until choco­late is melted and the mix­ture is smooth. Put truf­fle mix­ture into a bowl and cover with plas­tic wrap. Refrig­er­ate sev­eral hours. Using a small scoop, take the chilled truf­fle mix­ture and scoop into small balls. Set on a bak­ing sheet lined with parch­ment or a Sil­pat liner. Refrig­er­ate until firm. Roll truf­fles in your hands to form the round shape you want and roll into the dif­fer­ent coat­ings. Store in refrigerator.

This photo reminds me of a Lennart Nils­son shot I saw once.

Truffle Rolled in Cocoa

 

 

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One Comment

  1. Mmm­m­m­mmm. Can’t wait to try this. Gor­geous pictures.

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