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Truffles

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

truffles

Honk if you love truffles! BEEEEEP!!!!!!!!!!! Truffles are one of those treats you come across from time to time, you eat one, it is so rich you can hardly believe it, you think about having another one, but one would probably satisfy you. You think about how amazingly rich and decadent it is. You wonder how those fancy pastry chefs and candy makers can figure out how to get so much deliciousness in such a tiny bite. Kids, I’ve got news for you. It ain’t that hard. It could be a Girl Scout fundraising projects and the young ladies would do just as good a job as a pastry chef. It just seems intimidating. Let me tell you, I am scared of a lot of things. A lot. Childbirth without drugs (never gonna happen… #1 the shop is closed, #2 I had c-sections both times and you get MAJOR drugs for those, #3 like I’m ever gonna turn down drugs!) I am scared of flying in airplanes, going on a cruise because I think if I take the port excursion I won’t make it back to the ship on time, and I used to be scared of making ganache.  People, I have seen the light. I read online about how you can use the same ganache to make truffles. So I did. And they were good. I mean goooooooood. They are so impressive, people are amazed when I give them handmade truffles and can’t believe I did this. But when you learn how to do it you will see it is less amazing than being able to put on mascara with your dominant hand. Easy. E. Z. Follow the ganache recipe. Place the ganache covered in the refrigerator for several hours, overnight is best. It should be so thick that when you scoop a spoon through it, it parts like the Red Sea with no threat of coming back together.

Did Charlton Heston do this?

I scooped and it didn’t budge, see?

no budge fudge

I think about that empty space and how if I could fit in there I would settle in and chomp my way out. Dream. Sigh. So, to make the truffles, you’ll need to gather something to coat the ball of heaven with. Some good options include cocoa, chocolate shavings, or nuts. I used good old Hersheys Dark Cocoa, some fancy chocolate shavings I bought at a chocolate shop, and ground almonds from Trader Joe’s, or as they call it “Just Almond Meal.” It is Just Fantastic for so many things in my opinion.

coatings galore

You’ll need a small bowl, a fork, and something to use for the finished product, be it a plate, a waxed paper covered baking sheet, or gift packaging.

I bought these little brown candy cups (that can also be used as mini cupcake wrappers) at Hobby Lobby. I bought these adorable brown square dealies at www.bakeitpretty.com. You can actually bake IN them! They are like a little baking pan and gift packaging all in one! See what else I used them for? Brownies!!!

ganache topped brownie

ganache topped brownie

Ok, back to the task at hand. I scooped with a mini cookie scooper.

scooping

scooping

I dropped the scoop of chocolate into the bowl filled with cocoa.  I used a fork to gently nudge my little nugget around in the bowl so it was coated with cocoa.

rolling

rolling

Once I picked it up with the fork I tapped it a bit to let the extra cocoa to fall off.  Then I placed the truffle in a little candy cup inside the square container.

done

done

After a few of those I went for the chocolate shavings. Ooooh la la!

chocolate shavings

chocolate shavings

And then the almond meal. Cute!

almond meal

almond meal

Then I wanted to experiment a little bit. Not the way I did in college or my early twenties. But with candy!!! I used my trusty mini M&M’s, also known as every kid’s dream, to coat some truffles. I filled a bowl with some

oh yum

oh yum

I dropped in my chocolate  and I nudged it around to cover it with M&M’s. All that nudging and ganache is not spotless.

m&m cutie

m&m cutie

I think these are so cute and would make a great addition to any party tray for kids. But they do not look beautiful from this first attempt. They kind of look messy. So I put them in the “leftovers” box for home consumption, or what I like to call “research.” Hard to believe I’m fat. I assembled my little gift boxes that were more picture perfect and placed them in the fridge to keep their shape and consistency until I was ready to take them. I packaged them up all sweet with a bow.

all wrapped up

all wrapped up

Would you not be so excited if this showed up at your door? Some of my wonderful friends did something super nice for me, so I rewarded them with a little treat. And it took me a few attempts to actually convince them I made the sweets myself. Because I did. And it was easy.