The Truffle Shuffle

Friday, December 9, 2011

If you had to name one bite-size dessert that seemed fancy what would it be?
Think chocolate. Think covered in deliciousness. Think truffles.
I'd like to think that the birth of my creativity in the kitchen stems from a brief stint as a chocolatier for Dove. I loved being in charge of CREATING food, especially chocolate. I invented a bunch of chocolate drinks, and the truffle possibilities flowed freely from my mad woman brain. A lot of people out there don't know how to make truffles, or even think they're hard. They're not. They're SO SIMPLE and only take an hour to throw together.

So, my little kitchen friend, let's do the truffle shuffle!

What you'll need:
12 oz dark chocolate chips
2/3c heavy cream
~alternatively you could use 18 oz of dark chocolate chips and 2/3c flavored coffee cream-- using coffee creamer opens up a WORLD of flavor possibilities!

Pour your chocolate into a bowl

Warm your dairy until it begins to simmer

Pour evenly over chocolate. Allow to sit for 5 mins.

Stir until you have this pretty, glossy, pudding-y texture

Place in fridge for 1 hour. Congrats. You just made ganache!

Let's talk topping choices. Toppings are a lot of fun, cuz you can really unleash your imagination.

Let's start with the obvious ones. You're probably thinking "what goes with chocolate? I know. Nuts!"
Sliced almonds, and pulverized pecans to be exact

Then you have your healthy options: shredded coconut, and roasted ground cacao nibs (with the bitter comes the sweet)

The not so healthy pulverized chocolate candy & mint

And raspberry truffle dusting dust

Last, but certainly not least, the UNEXPECTED! Sesame seeds and pulverized chocolate macadamias with real bits of bacon

For the process:
Remove your set ganache and roll into a ball.

Roll into your topping of choice. Set aside.

Repeat for all the ganache until you are either out of toppings (Impossible! Especially if you have a brain like mine) or out of ganache.

Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy with gusto!


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