Follow Us on Pinterest 

recipes
Say it with Truffles

 

Some things are so easy to make at home that you end up wondering how you could have missed the memo for so long. I mean, leaving certain things to the professionals makes sense--fine cheeses, artisan breads, wine--but other things are just as easily made in the comfort of your home and for less money. Of course, you may never attain artisan status, but that's okay as long as you find satisfaction in what you're doing.

Now that the season of chocolate is upon us, let us reconsider the truffle. A box of chocolates is an accepted standard Valentine's Day gift, but as most women will probably attest, getting yet another box of chocolates is fraught with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it's really lovely to get something--anything--from someone who cares about you. On the other, a box of chocolates is a bit half-hearted. It's too obvious, too easy. After all, you can just run down to the drugstore and get one at the eleventh hour. And even if you are well-prepared and purchase your fair lady's chocolates days ahead of time, the gift will still have the aura of laziness or cliché about it.

Even supposing you splurge and buy really spectacular artisan chocolates from the latest Brooklyn micro-producer, they're still only chocolates, and once the initial charm wears off, there will be a half-eaten box of really expensive chocolates in the back of the pantry until someone works up the nerve to toss it. A sad story but so often true.

Homemade chocolates, however, are a different story. They're not going to be as pretty as store-bought, and you're not going to be able to pull off anything terribly extravagant--pomegranate jellies enrobed in single-origin chocolate with gold leaf, for instance--but they're homemade.

Truffles are a great starting point. They're incredibly easy to make, if a bit messy, and they're irresistible. Bite-sized cocoa-dusted spheres of ganache. Best of all, they are easily flavored with your valentine's favorite liquor. We used Frangelico--hazelnut liqueur--but almost any flavorful alcohol can be used instead: Cointreau (orange), St. Germain (elderflower), Domaine de Canton (ginger), or even red wine, bourbon, rum, or port. If you don't drink, consider infusing the cream with Earl Grey tea or using citrus zest to liven up the truffles.

This is the sort of task you'll want to wear an apron for--extra points if she sees you wearing the apron (trust me). It's messy but pretty quick and very easy. And it's homemade. Nothing says love like homemade.

Dark Chocolate Truffles with Liqueur
about 24 large truffles (80 small ones)

It pays to use the highest quality chocolate you can afford, as that will be the predominant flavor of these candies.

Chop into tiny pieces with a knife or in a food processor and place in a medium mixing bowl:
            1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
Heat to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat:
            1 cup heavy cream
Pour the hot cream all at once over the chocolate, cover, and let sit for about 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon (whisking introduces air bubbles, so avoid the whisk) stir gently until the mixture is smooth and thoroughly blended. Stir in:
            1/4 cup liqueur of choice
Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally, then refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours, until the ganache is thick and quite stiff. Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Measure out the ganache in heaping tablespoonfuls (or use a teaspoon for the larger amount), and quickly roll between your palms to form rough spheres. Drop the spheres into a bowl of:
            Sifted cocoa powder
Toss with the cocoa powder until coated, and place the spheres on the lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Truffles can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up t

Comments

karen wan 's picture

Dear Customer It's very enjoyable to know you and view your website, makes me a sweety mood to enjoy your sorts of chocolates. This is karen from Lykwell International Corp,Ltd, and we specialize in supply chocolate boxes, cardboard boxes, paper bags with top quality and pretty competitive price for customers, such as Chocolatier Goossens,Sir Hans Sloane Chocolate and Emanuel Andren Gastronomy AB,ect. If you are plan in purchasing these products for year 2014 ,i'm glad to assit and serve for you . E-catalogue will be sent if needed! Have a sweet day like chocolate! Sincerely Karen Wan Address. Lykwell International Co., Ltd Unit B1504, Shandong building, Nanhai Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, 518052, China Phone:86-755-2641 1500 Fax: 86-755-6119 2871 Mobile:86-186 6682 3159 www.lykwell.com

Add new comment

Joy of Cooking App for iPad

After three years of collaborative effort with our friends at Culinate and Scribner, it is our pleasure to introduce the Joy of Cooking for iPad! Please check out this full-featured, digital version of the 2006 edition. In addition to the recipes and indispensable reference information our readers know and love, the app has many features that are brand new to JOY:

  • Built-in recipe timers (you can have multiple timers going simultaneously)
  • Search for and filter recipes by key word, ingredient, cuisine, season, technique, diet, and more
  • Create shopping lists from within the app
  • Convert any recipe to metric automatically
  • Give voice commands or have recipe steps spoken to you
  • Create menus in the app
  • Share recipes from within the app
  • Color photography

Truly a JOY for the 21st century! Download by directing your browser to www.joyofcookingapp.com. Don't forget to review the app!

Prepare the cornbread. This may be done several days in advance. Preheat the oven to 450˚F with a 9-inch cast iron skillet inside. Add to the skillet and allow to liquefy:
     1...