Dark Chocolate Truffles – decadent bites of silky dark chocolate. These only take four ingredients and a short amount of time to prepare.
It’s Christmas Eve and I’ve still got a few last minute things to make for friends and neighbors. This year, I’m giving everyone a truffle sampler. They’ll get some White Chocolate Chai Truffles, Orange Creamsicle Truffles, Milk Chocolate Kahlua Truffles, Easy Oreo Truffles, and these Dark Chocolate Truffles.
Central Market here in Austin sells some wonderful chocolate truffles. They’re bite sized bits of dark chocolate heaven covered in cocoa. Unfortunately, they’re also quite expensive. These Dark Chocolate Truffles are easy to make and much less expensive than the store bought version.
You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now – heavy cream, butter, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. You need some good quality dark chocolate like Scharffen Berger, Lindt or Ghirardelli. A bar with about 70% chocolate works best. I used Santa Barbara Chocolate Trinidad Chocolate disks which are 75% chocolate.
It takes about 15 minutes to mix up the ganache (truffle) and then you need to refrigerate it until it’s firm (about 1 hour). I didn’t stir mine white it firmed up even though you’re supposed to.
Then you scoop out bite sized portions of truffle and roll into balls. I used a mellon baller to portion mine. Refrigerate for a second time to harden before shaking in some cocoa powder. I used an almost empty container of cocoa powder as my coating device. You could put some in a plastic bag and shake a few truffles at a time.
Another great thing about these truffles is they can be changed up so easily. Want some orange flavor? You can add orange zest to the cream before heating it or add 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier to the ganache with the butter. Kahlua also goes really well with these.
Want chocolate covered cherries? Pit some fresh cherries and press one into each ball before you roll it into a more perfect ball.
These truffles freeze well and you can use the frozen truffles to make lava cakes. Prepare cake batter and portion into greased muffin cups or ramekins. Just before baking place a frozen truffle or two on top and bake like you normally would. The truffle will sink to the middle and melt as you bake giving you a liquid filling that’s so much better than raw batter.
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