“Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble, and there is always time.” ~`Abdu’l-Bahá
On this Valentine’s Day, show those that you adore, just how much they mean to you by making them chocolate truffles, instead of buying them. I am a firm believer that you cook and bake with all of your heart, and it is that sprinkle of love that makes all the difference.
For these truffles, all you need is that sprinkle of love and three ingredients to make the most luscious, heart-pounding and soul stirring truffles ever. One important thing to remember is that while the recipe below provides options for the types of chocolate you can use, the higher the quality of chocolate, the better the end result.
1 1/3 cups (226 grams/8 ounces) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup (118 milliliters/4 ounces) heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for a more intense chocolate flavor you may substitute 1 teaspoon espresso power for vanilla)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup chopped freeze dried strawberries (or other berries)
1 cup toasted shredded coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
How to use them:
Heat the cream in a small pot on medium heat until just before it comes to a boil. The best way to visually recognize the moment right before the cream begins to boil is to look for small bubbles forming all around the pot and steam beginning to rise from the center of the pot. Just before the boiling point, take the pot off the stove and immediately pour the cream over the chopped chocolate.Gently whisk the chocolate and cream until the mixture is completely smooth, glossy and no streaks of cream are visible. Add the vanilla and whisk until incorporated.
This chocolate and cream mixture is called a ganache. Pour the ganache into a container to cool at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Once the ganache is cooled, chill the ganache in the refrigerator until it is completely chilled, about 2-3 hours.
When the mixture is chilled and thickened, begin scooping the ganache into small balls using a small scooper, melon baller, or teaspoon and place them on to a parchment or wax lined tray.
Allow these ganache balls to chill for an hour.
Now you are ready roll them into whatever flavor you and your sweetheart like best. Pictured here is cocoa powder, toasted coconut, macadamia nuts, and freeze dried strawberries.
Coat in cocoa powder……or toasted coconut…or freeze dried berries…or chopped nuts.
Any, or all, of the choices above would be amazing. Don’t forget to pick a nice box and bow to wrap your treats in.Finally, a good use of conversation hearts! I hope you and your loves enjoy the truffles!
Happy Valentine’s Day friends, from the bottom of my heart.