A Tribute to TrufflesPosted: February 20, 2011
As someone who up until two years ago avoided the kitchen like the plague and has managed to mess up popcorn, I’m shocked that I am writing a second cooking-related post this week. Having just had one of the homemade chocolate truffles from my gourmet Valentine’s Day dinner (prepared by yours truly), I simply had to brag. They are delicious and oh so pretty.
I would love to say that I slaved over them, pouring into them my blood, sweat and tears…but to be perfectly honest, they were quite simple to make. Despite their ease, they are guaranteed to impress and score you some major brownie points (mmm…. brownies). I suggest keeping the recipe a secret if you want your friends or that guy you have your eye on to regard you as a modern day superhero.
Here’s a sample of a simple recipe I used to make these babies (courtesy of allrecipes.com)
– 1/3 cup whipping cream
– 6 tablespoons butter
– 1 bag of chocolate chips (roughly 2 cups) or 2 bars of chocolate, broken into pieces. I suggest going with a dark or semi-sweet chocolate.
– some cocoa
– if desired, throw some nuts in there too!
Pour the cream into a small pot and bring to a simmer. Throw in the butter and stir until melted. Add the chocolate and stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and pour into a shallow bowl.
Let it cool and then cover and put in the refrigerator for about 2 hours (until the mixture becomes firm). Do not open the fridge every 5 minutes to poke your fingers in to see if it’s done while sneaking a taste.
Chop up the nuts (if you’re using them) and combine with cocoa in a small bowl.
After the chocolate mixture has hardened, use a small spoon or melon baller to roll the mixture into little balls. Then roll each ball around in the cocoa/nuts bowl.
It’s that easy! These tasty treats also make delightful gifts. Wrap each one in foil and place in a decorative bag for extra wow factor (it also helps keep them from melting and sticking together).