How to Make Chocolate Truffles

I really wanted to do something special in time for Valentines Day this year. Since I bake all the time (pretty much), I decided to give a try to making truffles. I do recall trying it few years back and not really having much success. But this time – with a little bit of patience – they turned out great!

Here is the recipe and step by step directions – it is really easy! All you have to remember is to be patient making them and then get creative with the finishing touches:

Chocolate Truffles:

  • 9 oz. of bittersweet chocolate (finely chopped)
  • 2/3 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of coca powder

Directions:

I have developed a habit of laying out all required ingredients first – regardless of how many of how few there are. It really makes the task easier.

I used sharp, heavy knife to cut large chocolate pieces into smaller ones first.

Using my Magic Bullet is a great help in the kitchen – it is fast and easy to clean. The finer pieces you chop the chocolate into, the faster it will combine with your cream.

Put your cream into a small pot and bring to just the boiling point – when small bubbles start forming around the edges

Pour the boiling cream over chocolate and whisk until uniformly mixed. Let stand for a while, until the mixture cools to about room temperature.

Cover with plastic wrap and out into your fridge to cool for a minimum of 3 hours. I did this overnight – made the mixture night before I was ready to finish my truffles.

Making sure there are no chunks of cocoa before rolling the truffles in it is important – use a fine sieve to put the cocoa through

Form small balls from the truffle mix (this will be messy so get ready to wash your hands in between rolling the truffles) then roll them in the cocoa. I used little gold candy cups to place them into

Half on my truffles were coated with cocoa – the other half with ground almond. Then I place a slice of almond on the cocoa coated ones and a few chocolate slivers onto the almond coated once.

 

I hope you will try these – making your own handmade truffles and getting creative with the finish can really give you a great sweet gift to share on Valentines Day!

 

 

 

 

About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, step mother to Abbie Gateman and is also a brand new Grandmother. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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