Truffles are definitely at the top of my holiday baking list. I have such fond memories as a child of my mother and aunts making delicious truffles for our family parties.
Over the years I have tried several recipes but found that a lot of them yielded a mixture that was incredibly soft and very hard to roll into balls without it completely melting in my hands. It was for that reason that I played with ingredients and amounts to find the perfect consistency for me.
This year I left these suckers to the end because I knew I was going to have to play around with them and sure enough after hours of setting in the fridge my mixture was still too soft so I had to reheat my mixture and add in more chocolate then reset it. Finally this morning it is the perfect consistency for rolling!
Rich Chocolate Truffles
- 700 grams of chocolate – I used a combination of dark, semi-sweet, and milk chocolate
- 1⅔ cups of heavy cream (whipping cream)
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- You can use almost anything to roll your truffles in like coconut, toffee bits, sprinkles, crushed nuts, cocoa, icing sugar etc – BE CREATIVE!
- In a medium bowl break up your chocolate into small pieces and set aside.
- In a small pot over medium heat, heat your cream until it begins to simmer.
- Remove from heat and pour over your chocolate. Cover your bowl with plastic wrap and let it stand for about 10 minutes.
- Uncover your bowl and whisk your chocolate mixture until it is smooth then mix in your vanilla.
- Pour your mixture into a 9×9 glass pan and let cool for 20 minutes on your counter.
- Once cooled cover with plastic wrap and set in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours. I prefer to leave mine overnight.
- Once your truffle mixture has completely set using a 1 inch scoop or small spoon scoop out your mixture and roll into balls.
- Once you have rolled your ball immediately roll it in your desired topping. I normally have all my toppings in small bowls or on small plates like an assembly line making it easy to roll.
Keep your truffles in a container in your fridge until you are ready to plate to serve.
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