Dark chocolate truffles are exquisite, especially when served with a glass of wine or cup of hot coffee. Beautiful truffles require careful rolling of the centers and precise dipping. Take the time to decorate your fine truffles and they'll be as visually pleasing as they are delectable.
Dark Chocolate Truffles Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
5 ounces semisweet baking chocolate
3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
½ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Line a baking dish with plastic wrap, then grease the wrap (preferably with butter, for the sake of taste).
Chop baking chocolate as finely as you can. In a small saucepan, heat cream over medium high heat until simmering. Pour hot cream into a food processor and follow with butter and chopped baking chocolate. Process until smooth. Pour chocolate mixture into the lined baking pan and refrigerate until cool and stiff, approximately three to four hours.
Remove the block of chocolate from the baking pan and discard plastic wrap. Place block of chocolate truffle mixture on a cutting block and slice squares approximately the size desired for each truffle. Quickly roll each square into a ball, touching the chocolate as little as possible (so the chocolate does not melt). Immediately roll each truffle in dish of cocoa powder and set on a dry plate or container. Refrigerate truffles immediately.
To make dipped chocolate truffles, skip rolling the truffles in cocoa powder and melt dark chocolate bark wafers instead. Refrigerate truffles after rolling so they remain firm. Dip refrigerated truffles, return to a plate lined with wax paper and return to refrigerator.
Add Variety to Your Dark Chocolate Truffles
For varying flavors of these dark chocolate truffles, consider adding other flavorings. Try adding one of the following to the truffle mixture while in the food processor: vanilla extract, hazelnut liqueur, raspberry liqueur or orange liqueur. You may wish to roll the truffles in finely chopped hazelnuts or pecans instead of cocoa powder as another variation.
You can decorate the tops of these dipped chocolate truffles with melted almond bark piped through an icing tool. Use the smallest hole available to make lines and dots on the finished truffles. Try dipping the tip of the truffle in melted almond bark for another distinguished look.
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