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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Carolyn's Truffles

Dark Chocolate Truffle Hearts

8 oz. semisweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped

3/4 C. heavy cream

To make the dark chocolate truffle hearts: Put the chocolate in a small bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Pour the boiling cream over the chocolate.

Set aside for 5 minutes and then stir with a whisk until smooth. Pour the mixture (called ganache) onto a nonstick baking sheet and use a rubber spatula to spread the ganache in a smooth, even layer to within about 1 inch of the inside edges. Place the ganache in the freezer for 15 minutes, or in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, until very firm to the touch.

Line a 10 to 12 inch dinner plate with parchment paper or wax paper. Remove the firm ganache from the freezer or the refrigerator. Portion 12 heaping tablespoons of ganache onto the paper. Wearing a pair of disposable vinyl (or latex) gloves, individually roll each portion of ganache in your palms in a circular motion, using just enough gentle pressure to form a smooth orb. This is a traditional truffle. Return each formed truffle to the paper-lined plate and place in the freezer while preparing the cake batter.

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