December 5, 2010

Chocolate Truffles


12 Days of (Christmas) Cookies
Day 5

Chocolate Truffles

This was my first time making truffles. I'm not going to lie -- they take a lot of work, a lot of time and definitely produce a lot of dishes but they are so worth it in the end! I thought I would make these a little more festive by coating some of them in crushed candy canes and others in crushed pistachios. YUMMY! I got the recipe from Alton Brown and I know why the recipe has such rave reviews. You must make these!

Ingredients:
  • 10 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 c Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c crushed candy canes
  • 1/2 c crushed pistachios
Directions:
  • Melt the 10 oz of chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments, until melted; set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream and corn syrup over medium heat, until simmering. Remove from heat and pour over the melted chocolate mixture. Let it stand for 2 minutes. Gently stir with a rubber spatula, until smooth and creamy. Pour the mixture into an 8 x 8-inch glass dish and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Using a melon baller, scoop the chocolate onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate another 30 minutes.
  • Place the cocoa powder, pistachios and crushed candy canes in their own shallow bowl; set aside.
  • Remove the chocolate truffles from the refrigerator. Roll and shape them in the palms of your hands and form balls.
  • Place the 8 oz of chocolate in a double boiler, using a candy thermometer, heat and stir until the temperature reaches 90 to 92 degrees. Do not go above 94 degrees. Remove from heat.
  • Coat the truffles, one at a time, into the melted chocolate using just one hand. Coat each truffle in either the cocoa powder, pistachios or crushed candy canes using your other hand. Leave each truffle in the coating for at least 10 to 15 seconds before removing. This helps the coating set a little.
  • Place the coated truffles onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Allow to set in a cool, dry place for at least 1 hour or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • They are best when served at room temperature.
  • Enjoy!

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