Truffle Recipes: How to Make Chocolate Truffles for Gift Giving & General Indulgence
Mmmmm... truffles. These soft balls of chocolaty ganache make wonderful gifts for friends and family. Cook em up, roll em out, and roll em in the topping of your choice. And of course, eat with friends!
Truffles make great homemade gifts all year long... especially for Valentine's Day, Hostess Gifts, thank you gifts, wedding favors, Christmas baskets... and really just about any holiday or occasion that you would like to give a small but sweet gift!
Intimidated? Don't be. They're easy. Just start with excellent quality chocolate and follow the truffle recipes below.
Things to remember... use high quality chocolate and "heavy" whipping cream for best results. Follow the recipe precisely... at least until you've had some practice and you're ready to experiment with your own custom truffle recipes.
Make truffles in a dry environment if at all possible and take extra care to keep ganache far from steam and water. Have fun!
The following truffle recipe makes soft chocolaty balls of rich and glossy ganache that you can roll in the topping of your choice. These are smoother than many we've had and while very rich and dark, they are a tad sweeter/less bitter than some truffle recipes...
Note: There is no limit to the many ways you can alter the flavor of this chocolate truffle recipe. For example, you can add flavor extracts or the liqueur of your choice... but start small (it's better to have a subtle flavor than an overpowering flavor that can't be eaten). There's more on adding flavors below.
Note: Semi-sweet chocolate is usually a touch sweeter than bittersweet chocolate but what's most important, is the quality and taste of the chocolate you use in your truffle recipe. With any chocolate, taste it first to determine if it is actually a chocolate you want to use in your truffle recipes. If it tastes bad or low quality, you may want to find another brand of chocolate.
You'll also need... Serrated Knife for chopping chocolate (or use chocolate chips). Medium saucepan. Heat Safe Glass Bowl. Rubber spatula. Measuring Cups and Spoon. Parchment or wax paper. Shallow dish for rolling truffles in chosen topping. Optionally, a sieve can be used to shake off extra powder after coating truffles in cocoa or powdered sugar.
Chocolate Burns Easily: If your ganache smells or tastes burnt, it probably is. Chocolate burns easily if heated too quickly or to too high of a temperature... dark chocolate can burn at temperatures above 120°F/50°C while milk and white chocolate can scorch or burn above 110°F/45°C.
Keep Water Away From Chocolate: If your ganache suddenly gets lumps, it may mean that it has seized. This can happen if water or steam gets into the mix. This can also be a result of scorching or burning the chocolate during the heating process.
Be aware of temperatures: Do not mix cold flavorings into warm ganache. This will cause your ganache to clump or seize. Flavorings such as extracts, oils, liqueurs, fruit purees and butters should be room temperature when added to slightly warm ganache.
Add to cold cream: Infuse cream with flavor by soaking crushed herbs and tea leaves, spices, citrus rinds or coffee beans in cold cream overnight. Strain well before using in recipe.
Add to hot cream: Instant coffee, herbs and spices can be added to the cream as it is heated. Herbs and whole spices should be strained out before pouring over chocolate.
Add to warm ganache: Below is a list of other ingredients that can be added to slightly warm ganache (provided they are at room temperature) to flavor your chocolate truffles. When adding liquid flavoring, it's a good idea to reduce the cream by the same amount as the liquid you're adding since additional water content can ruin your truffle recipe...
It's a lot of fun to experiment with different toppings for any truffle recipe. Here's a few topping ideas to get you started:
Pairings: By the way, champaign and truffles make a very classy gift. Dark chocolate and red wine can also be very complimentary. The trick to choosing great pairings is to find flavors that compliment each other due to either their similarity or because they are opposites... for example, a bitter taste and a bold but fruity taste often bring out the best in each other. It's fun to experiment and picking out fantastic pairings is a great excuse to sample your own work!
These truffles also taste great when dipped in chocolate but it's highly recommended you temper your chocolate first. This will give you a well set chocolate shell that is glossy and stable.
Easy chocolate coating... A neat and very easy way to add real chocolate coating is to coat truffles in shaved chocolate as seen to the right. You can even use shaved white chocolate to add contrasting color to your dark chocolate truffles.
Keep in mind that the topping you choose will add texture to your truffles. You can also experiment with shaving flavored chocolate bars (such as mint chocolate, cherry chocolate or dark chocolate espresso) for even more flavor possibilities.
How about a homemade origami gift box for your truffle gifts... a single truffle makes a great gift when given inside a small box... or you can make a larger box to fit four or even eight truffles (details below).
If you've never made an origami gift box, try our easy origami box instructions.
A 2" x 2" box is the perfect size for a single truffle (see right). The truffle should be placed inside a mini cupcake liner if possible to keep everything clean and to prevent oil from the truffle from staining the gift box.
You can also make a 4" x 4" box to hold between four and eight homemade truffles. Make it sturdier by inserting a 4" x 4" piece of card stock or paperboard inside the bottom of the box. If you don't have paperboard, simply cut some from a cereal box facing the plain gray side up.
You can either lay shred underneath four truffles as seen to the left or use another piece of 4" x 4" card stock or paperboard to add a second layer of truffles, creating a box of eight homemade truffles.
Wrap the box with ribbon and add gift tags and embellishments if desired. Make them festive for the occasion at hand by using seasonal ribbon and creative decorations for Valentine's Day gifts, small but sweet Homemade Christmas Gifts, adorable and original wedding favors, thank you gifts, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Birthday gifts, the list goes on... we're not sure there's a bad time to give chocolate.
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