Fiction Writing and Other Oddities

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day - Truffles

My husband is a choc-a-holic and his birthday falls the day after Valentine's day, so even though he's not supposed to eat sweets, once a year I make him truffles. They are ridiculously easy to make and if you're scratching your head, wondering what the heck you can do for your significant other, it's a great last minute idea.

Here's the basic recipe...

Chocolate Truffles
1 & 2/3 c. heavy cream
7 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 lb of semi-sweet chocolate
2-3 Tbsp Bourbon (Amaretto or Grand Marnier are also good), optional
Cocoa powder

  1. Chop up the chocolate roughly
  2. Pour the cream into a saucepan and add the butter in chunks.
  3. Heat the cream and butter over medium heat until the butter melts, stirring constantly.
  4. Turn up the heat and keep stirring until it's just starting to boil. Remove from the heat.
  5. Add the chocolate and stir it in until it melts and starts to thicken & cool.
  6. Add the liquer (if you wish--this is entirely optional).
  7. Cover and cool for 2-3 hours (or longer). While it is cooling, stir it about every 45 minutes or so.
  8. Sprinkle some cocoa on a plate and coat your palms. Form the truffles by scooping out 1 tsp (you don't have to be exact--this is just a rough size and you can make them larger or smaller at your discretion). Roll them briefly to make balls (don't hold them too long or they will melt) and then roll them on the plate to give them a nice coat of cocoa.
Keep them refrigerated.
Note: I like to wash out and save the glass instant coffee or mason jars to use as truffle jars. They make really cute gifts when you tie a red ribbon around them. 

So there you are--easy, right? These truffles have a deep, rich flavor and you can have fun adding different liquers if you wish. Orange-flavored liquer is excellent, although my husband is a big fan of bourbon-flavored truffles.

I've got my mixture sitting in the refridgerator right now and I'm planning to surprise my husband with a jar of his favorite bourbon truffles this evening, right after a scrumptious dinner of venison bourguignon, pasta, and a huge salad.

Happy Valentine's day (a little early, but...)


rbooth43 said...

Thanks for the Valentine's Day Truffle recipe and the suggestion of saving the glass instant coffee or mason jars to use as truffle jars.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Lilly Gayle said...

Yum! I'm going to try this with white chocoate morsels because I'm allergic to chocolate. Ok, my hubby likes chocolate and his birthday is today, the day before Valentine's day. But if I'm going to make truffles, I'm going to make some I can eat!

Amy said...

I hope you'll both try it! Lilly--I'd go insane if I was allergic to chocolate! I'm sorry to hear that. One thing I've done in the past is make this recipe and then in a double-boiler, melt white chocolate and cover the dark chocolate truffles with the white chocolate. :) It's pretty yummy.

Tara MacQueen said...

Mmmm sounds good! Especially the heavy cream part of the recipe. LOL. Found this site through Wild Rose Press website - looks great!

Amy said...

It's great to hear from you, Tara! Thanks for the nice words about my site!

Paty Jager said...

Like minds! Only I make my hubby either a heart-shaped brownies or chocolate chip cookies. They are easy and he loves both.