PERFECT CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

 

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  • Servings: 2 dozen
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Ingredients

  • Ganache
  • 9 ounces semisweet chocolate or bittersweet chocolate, chopped coarse
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Cognac or dark rum, Grand Marnier, Framboise, Kirsch, Frangelico, Amaretto, Kahlua, or port
  • Chocolate and Cocoa Coating
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate or bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 cups Dutch-processed cocoa powder sifted

Directions

  • These truffles are meant to look like the real thing small, irregular mounds instead of perfectly spherical balls.
  • If you decide to omit the liquor flavoring, reduce chocolate from 9 to 8 ounces.
  • For microwave-oriented cooks, you can melt the chocolate at 50% power for about 3 minutes.
  • The ganache mixture is quite forgiving.
  • If it cools too much in step 1, place the bowl in a larger pan of warm water and stir the mixture until it has softened and warmed up.
  • If this overwarms the mixture, cool it again as directed.
  • The same flexibility applies if you overwhip the ganache by mistake.
  • Simply warm it over the hot water, cool it, and whip it again.
  • One person alone can dip and coat the truffles, but the process is simpler with a second person to roll coated truffles in cocoa and lift them onto a clean pan.
  • makes 2 dozen 1-inch truffles
  • 1. For the ganache: Melt chocolate in medium heatproof bowl set over pan of almost simmering water, stirring once or twice, until smooth.
  • Set bowl aside.
  • Bring cream, butter, and corn syrup to strong simmer (about 160 degrees) in non-reactive pan over low heat.
  • Remove pan from heat, cool for 5 minutes, then whisk into chocolate.
  • Whisk in liquor. Refrigerate mixture until it cools to 80 degrees, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • 2. Either in bowl of electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment or with handheld electric mixer, whip mixture at medium speed until slightly lightened and thickened to a texture like store-bought canned chocolate frosting, 25 to 30 seconds.
  • Spoon ganache into large pastry bag fitted with 1/2-inch plain tube.
  • Hold bag perpendicular to pan and with tip about 3/4 inch above work surface, and pipe 3/4 -inch mounds (pulling tube away to the side to avoid leaving points) onto parchment or wax paper-covered baking sheet.
  • Alternatively, scoop mounds with tiny (less than 1 tablespoon) ice cream scoop or melon baller. Refrigerate mounds until hardened, at least an hour.
  • 3. For coating: Following directions in step 1, melt coating chocolate, then cool to 90 degrees, making certain that no water comes into contact with chocolate.
  • Arrange chilled truffle mounds, bowl of melted chocolate, and cocoa-filled high-sided roasting pan on work surface.
  • Working one mound at a time, dip palm of one hand about 1/4-inch deep into melted chocolate, pass one truffle mound with other hand to chocolate-covered hand and close hand around mound to coat, re-dipping hand into chocolate every third or fourth mound.
  • Drop coated truffle into cocoa; roll to coat using fork held in now empty clean hand, leaving truffles in cocoa until chocolate coating has set, about 1 minute.
  • Repeat process until all mounds are in pan of cocoa.
  • Gently roll 5 to 6 truffles at a time in medium strainer to remove excess cocoa, then transfer to serving plate or tightly covered container. (Can be refrigerated for up to one week.)

Notes

This is a great gift idea for the holidays. Whip up a batch and everybody will love you!

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