dark chocolate ganache truffles

In baking, culinary experiments, desserts, sweet treats on 03.03.12 at 10:08 am

i heart chocolate. i’m guessing you do, too. ;)

here’s another bakesale winner… so simple, yet so good. i picked up some lovely (organic & gluten-free!) dark chocolate chunks at market 17, one of my fave local markets, and felt inspired to make homemade chocolate ganache truffles. and it’s surprisingly easy to do.

adapted from sweethome

the ganache:
heat up a small saucepan and melt together the following ingredients:
– 1/4 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature, cubed)
– 2/3 cup light cream (a lower-fat alternative for whipping cream)
– 1 tbsp honey
– remove from heat and set aside

– place dark chocolate (chunks or finely chopped) in a large, heatproof bowl
– pour creamy mixture over the chocolate chunks in bowl and whisk together until the ingredients are combined and smooth
– add 1 tbsp pure vanilla to ganache for a flavour boost

– tightly cover bowl of ganache and refrigerate for approx 1 hour

(tip: if you want to plan ahead and save time on the day-of, prep the ganache the night before. i did that for the bakesale, and left the bowl in the fridge overnight.)

the toppings:
– 1/4 cup unsalted pistachios (deshelled, crushed in mortar & pestle)
– 1/4 cup organic hazelnuts (deshelled, crushed in mortar & pestle)
– 1/4 cup cocoa powder

(tip: you can get creative with truffle toppings — candy sprinkles, icing sugar, shredded coconut, other nut varieties, etc.)

the truffles:
– line a baking sheet with cooking parchment paper
– remove bowl of chocolate ganache from the fridge
– scoop chocolate with a teaspoon and roll chocolate into truffle balls
– coat truffles with toppings and place on prepped baking sheet (mini-cups optional)

adapted from sweethome

food styling:
– refrigerate until ready to serve
– put truffle mini-cups in small bags and tie with colour ribbons (i used ordinary freezer bags from the grocery store, but you could also use colourful cellophane to dress it up a bit.)
– makes a lovely homemade gift… or a delish sweet treat with vino!

  1. I really wish I could say, yes, yes! I heart chocolate too! But no, as I’m sure I’ve said, I’m that weirdo/non-human being who doesn’t really like chocolate. It’s really an inconvenience, considering how much I love dessert! Either way, these look awesome, and I have two brothers and lots of friends who would love them. :)


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