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Topic: Truffles: the perfect easy christmas gift  (Read 9719 times)
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Odri
« on: December 27, 2006 09:00:03 AM »

For Christmas, I decided to make truffles for all of my relatives:



Here we have, from top left to top right:
Dark chocolate, peppermint, grand marnier and coffee.

I you want to make some, here's the recipe.
First, make some basic truffles, just chocolate flavored. For this part I took the Martha Stewart recipe that you can find on her website:

MAKES ABOUT 3 /12 DOZEN
Use different brands of cocoa powder (such as Hershey's, Valrhona, Droste, and Ghirardelli) to make truffles of assorted colors.
 
-8 ounces best-quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped 
   
-1/2  cup heavy cream 
     
  1.   Put chocolate into a large heatproof bowl. Bring cream just to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; pour over chocolate in bowl. Stir in liqueur, if desired. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand 10 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let stand until thick, about 15 minutes. 
 
  2.   Pour chocolate mixture into a shallow 8-inch dish or pie plate. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until mixture is very cold and set but still pliable, about 30 minutes. 
 
  3.   Using a teaspoon or a 1/2-inch melon baller, scoop balls of chocolate mixture, transferring them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper as you work. Refrigerate truffles 10 minutes.


THEN, when you have your chocolate mix, the fun/messy part begins.

For the dark chocolate truffles: This is the easiest recipe. Just take your truffles and roll them in cocoa powder until they are completely covered.

For the peppermint truffles: add some peppermint extract (how much you put is up to you) to your chocolate mixture and roll the truffles in powdered sugar

For the grand marnier truffles: Add some grand marnier (once again, you decide how much) to your truffles and let them cool in the fridge for about 10 min. While they are cooling, Melt some dark chocolate with cream in a small pan. Dip your truffles in the melted chocolate and let them cool for a while. Add some grated orange peel for decoration.

For the coffee truffles: Add some coffee granules to your chocolate mix and roll your truffles in some powdered sugar mixed with a bit of coffee granules. Add a chocolate dipped coffee grain on top for decoration.

When all your truffles are done, put them in these little foil containers and package them neatly (or refrigerate them if you don't give them soon):


And voil! You now have the perfect fun to eat and fun to make Christmas gift.  Grin
 
« Last Edit: December 16, 2007 07:58:52 PM by Odri » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2007 09:36:17 PM »

I'm surprised this didn't have any replies. It looks delicious, I'm going to have to try it. Consider this recipe bookmarked Grin
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2007 05:10:42 AM »

I'm surprised this didn't have any replies. It looks delicious, I'm going to have to try it. Consider this recipe bookmarked Grin

Ah thanks for the nice reply  Kiss! I was a bit bummed that I took the time to write my recipe and no one commented on it.
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2007 03:00:58 AM »

Those look AMAZING!!! I want to eat them all up right now. I wish I was on your Christmas gift list Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2007 04:41:31 AM »

thanks! im definately making these for christmas!!!  awesome idea!
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2007 08:11:02 PM »

Ahh my mom used to make those for me and I LOVED them! I can't wait to try this!
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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2007 08:21:21 PM »

Thanks for the directions. This looks like something that even I could do! They look really beautiful. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2007 02:00:42 AM »

awesome! thank you so much for the recipe! will surely give it a try Smiley makes a wonderful gift!
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2007 01:38:43 PM »

yum! im on a really tight budget this christmas so i am bookmarking this for sure!

although...i am no expert on desserts or cooking by any means...and im wondering if theres any 'guidelines' for truffles. what i mean is...could i do other flavors such as peanut butter, or fruit flavors (raspberry, etc) or maybe even some white chocolate to mix with/garnish the chocolate?

ive always thought of truffles as sort of 'fancy' i guess youd say, so ive never even had any and  im kind of embarrassed to not know much about them. Embarrassed
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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2007 09:20:51 PM »

I can't believe I missed this the first time around  Huh

I always make truffles for Xmas, and your presentation was inspiring.  I'm going to have to whip up a "practice" batch soon so I can give them a taste before December.

Thanks!
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