Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Chocolate Truffles..... Mood = Creamy

I wrote a post on chocolate truffles a while back, and having a look at it now, i realised it did not do it any justice. The photos were all wrong, the whole thing just looked wrong! I love truffles and this post with some better pictures could hopefully make you realise how good they tasted....

They are soft, decadent, delicious and divine. All that in one bite.... how perfect.

Truffles are a delicacy and are expensive because they are usually made by hand. This helps also with the consistency and size. They are called truffles because they resemble the fungus that we all know and love (well i do anyway). Its definitely my favourite, but now back to the chocolate version.

The chocolate truffle was first created and recorded by M. Dufour, in Chambery France in December 1895, but reached their wider audience when made and distributed in London by Antoine Dufour. His original recipe for Napoleon III is used till today.

Everyone likes a different flavour and i am one who doesn't drink coffee but loves the taste in truffles. So i flavour mine with coffee sometimes. but you can add whatever you choose, rum, whiskey, vanilla, or just keep them plain. These are relatively easy to make but you need a little patience for rolling and shaping and the dusting with a coating. You can add all sorts of coating, such as crushed nuts, sprinkles, icing sugar, cocoa powder, but anything works and it is great as they are so versatile.

Recipe:

200g dark chocolate 70%
200ml Double cream
2 Teaspoons of instant espresso
25 g butter
Cocoa powder

Method:

  • Melt butter, cream and chocolate together.
  • Bring it up to the boil and then set away from the heat and mix till it is all combined and thick.
  • Let it cool down and then place in the fridge overnight or until the chocolate mix has hardened.
  • Get a melon scooper or a small teaspoon and begin shaping your balls, and rolling them in the cocoa till they are covered.
  • I would keep them in the fridge as they have fresh cream and butter and could melt away eventually. And would keep them for about 3 days maximum. NOT that they will last that long anyway. You wont be able to keep your fingers off them.

These are the perfect gift for anyone and people will think you have gone through so much effort (which you did) and appreciate you even more!!!!

Enjoy them over coffee or just because you feel like it!

5 comments:

tasteofbeirut said...

Your truffles look amazing and so professional; love that coating of cocoa and the little baskets they each nestle in. I would love a truffle each night to finish off dinner, the French way!

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hi Joumana, thank you. I have had a lot of practice. I have made so many in the last few weeks. I totally understand what you mean. They are great after a meal, and doing anything the french way is good!!!!

Anonymous said...

My favourite are chocolate and orange, or chocolate and whiskey! But these look ... Yummy!

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Chocolate orange sounds fantastic. Its a mrriage of two great flavours. Will try whiskry. Love the alcohol twist. Its very subtle..

Ukinana said...

i love the truffles bt i also adore the plate!!