Monday, March 17, 2008

Caipirinha truffles

Caipirinha truffles

The sweet and lovely Emiline is hosting her first food event: St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl!!
I’m not Irish like her, but I do have my share of Italian/German/Portuguese blood and I like some alcohol sometimes. :)

Crawl2

It took me a while to decide what to prepare for the event (today is the deadline to take part in it) because I wanted something with a Brazilian feel. Finally, I went for these caipirinha truffles (the ones I had previously in mind when I made these).

I think the truffles are OK, but not as good as I expected. The cachaça flavor was strong and I think some lime juice would have worked well to replace part of the liquor.

Emiline, I hope you like my Brazilian booze recipe!

Caipirinha truffles

Caipirinha truffles
loosely adapted from here

400g white chocolate, finely chopped
grated zest of 1 lime
¼ heaping cup (70ml) cream*
3 tablespoons cachaça
cocoa powder, enough to cover the truffles

Combine chocolate, zest and cream in a heatproof bowl; place it over a saucepan of gently simmering water.

Stir until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat, add the cachaça and mix vigorously until mixture is silky and smooth. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until firm enough to form balls.

Scoop out rounded teaspoons of the mixture (while it’s still cold and firm) and form balls – you don’t want your truffles to be perfectly rounded. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder and place in small fluted paper cases or on a plate. Keep refrigerated.

* Once again, I used a type of cream we have here that is packaged in small Tetra Pak boxes; it contains 25% fat. I did it to avoid wasting an almost full jar of heavy cream.

Makes 35 truffles

Caipirinha truffles

52 comments:

LyB said...

Those are beautiful Patricia! I would just grab one through the computer screen if I could! :)

Peter M said...

I love boozie sweets and the addition of cachaca sounds fab!

linda said...

Even though I'm not really into boozy chocolates I'm sure I'll love these! I love caipirinha and I love white chocolate, really great idea to make them into truffles! I'm bookmarking this one and when I make them I'll try with some lime juice...

Emiline said...

Hey, I'm into boozy chocolates, so these look great to me! I love having both chocolate and white chocolate truffles.
Great entry and a job well done.

Jennifer said...

Patricia, these look delicious! I love truffles, and the liquor is just an added bonus. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Jo. said...

Pure little indulgements :-)

Joy said...

Nom-nom-nom. Yumm. For the love of food, I didn't know what cachaca and had to Google it. Now that I do, I can imagine the taste better. =D

Peter G said...

Capirinha and chocolate! What a combination. Very inventive Patricia.

eliza said...

oohh...those look very indulging! i bet they're very creamy too...

Amy said...

Yum yum, Patricia -- these look so delicious! I love caipirinhas and chocolate...what a great idea for a combination of the two.

glamah16 said...

Great idea!

Kevin said...

Those look so good! I like that they are white chocolate (my favorite). The Caipirinha sounds interesting.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Oooh, I'm sending this recipe to my friend Peter who owns a pousada in Minas Gerais. This is just his kind of thing!

Peabody said...

You can never go wrong with truffles. These look so lush.

Mango Power Girl said...

Yummmy! I made some too...but this is quite a variation...nice photos :)

The Cooking Ninja said...

They look truly delicious.

flyingfork said...

Definitely worth a try!

Marianna said...

these look so good, and im sure a bite into one would take me travelling away somewhere very sunny!

Katy said...

oh yum! i had goat cheese truffles this week from the farmer's market that were out of this world -- there is nothing better than a little cocoa-covered truffle!

Elle said...

Those look amazing! Making truffles scares me, so I have yet to give them a try.

Patricia Scarpin said...

LyB, thank you, sweetie!

Peter, cachaça is pretty strong, se one should be careful. lol

Linda, you are an expert in Brazilian sweets, my dear. :)

Emiline, I'm so glad to hear you like these! Tks!

Jen, thank you!
xoxo

Jo, thank you!

Joy, a couple of these and I'd be drunk already - cachaça is strong! :)

Peter, thanks!

Eliza, they were. ;)

Amy, caipirinhas are the best!

Glamah, tks!

Kevin, I love white chocolate, too. :)

Lydia, I think he'll like it. ;)

Pea, thank you, dear!

Hi, sweetie! I'll check yours out.

Cooking Ninja, tks!

Hi there! Thank you!

Marianna, they are strong, so be careful. ;)

Katy, those truffles sound so unusual!

Elle, you definitely should.

Maya said...

Very interesting truffles and they look pretty!

Meeta said...

caipi truffles!! that is the way to go! The ones I made today look rather plain in comparison! lol! seriously though i do like the sound of this one!

Christine said...

These are beautiful! The Caipirinha sounds interesting. I don't think I could just eat one!

Margaret said...

Beautiful styling. If you made 35 truffles, I think you should have enough to send us one each. You can't possibly eat all of those!

Lucy said...

Boozy and amazing...what a flavour combo.

Love that last image of them, softly dusted.

Oh for the love of food! said...

Truffles! YUM!! I never say no to them - How about sharing some, Patricia?;o)

vanessafrida said...

Hi there, I am so inspired by Donna Hay, i am organising a Donna Hay Tag, and I was wondering if you would be keen to take part too....

Here's the link http://vanessafrida.livejournal.com/202333.html

ChichaJo said...

These look fab Pstricia! And would so get me in the mood to celebrate! :)

eatme_delicious said...

Ooo wow these look good with the white chocolate hidden inside.

sher said...

Gosh! They look like heaven to me! Beautiful.

Cheryl said...

This makes me wanna be more Irish than I already am. What a fantastic dessert.

Stef said...

Those look dangerous! I could just keep eating them!

Kelly-Jane said...

I love liqueur chocolates yum!

Stella (Sweet Temptations) said...

I'm intrigued by this cachaca Pat... As usual, your sweets make me drool...!

eatingplum said...

Wow, this sounds unusual but delicious. I love booze chocolates. =) Thanks for sharing!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Maya, thank you!

Meeta, I am sure your truffles are scrumptious!

Christine, they're addictive. :)

Margaret, thank you, dear. I had just one (otherwise I'd end up drunk) and shared the others. I should have sent you guys those! :)

Lucy, thank you. I'm glad you like these.

Carol, have as many as you want, my dear friend.

Vanessa, I'll see that later, tks!

Joey, tks, sweetie!

Ashley, I love white chocolate.

Sher, thank you!

Cheryl, I'm so jealous of Irish people's hair. :)

Stef, thank you for visiting!

Kelly-Jane, these are pretty strong. :)

Stella, cachaça is good but very strong! :)

Eating Plum, thank you!

Tartelette said...

Great combination! If only our computer had a push button delivery feature!!

rhid said...

These truffles look amazing! especially in that last photo - so good!

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Particia,
I love both truffles and caipirinhas! I must try your recipe... sounds nad looks delicious!
Have a wonderful day, Margot

Paula said...

Oh my!!! I love recipes that play around with ingredients (being from the Midwest of the US, cachaça is still a very new thing for me - I'm still perfecting my caipirinhas)! On my gotta try list!

Ann said...

WOW! These look amazing!

ironstef said...

yum. i am all about foods invovlving hard liquor :) those look amazing.

Jaime said...

wow, i have to try these patricia! they look so good!

Bellini Valli said...

So decadent Patricia:D You will find me by this plate at the pub crawl:D

TBC said...

They look fabulous. I remember your lemon truffles too.:-)

Sage and ricotta ravioli is something I should try out.:-)

Susan said...

I've had caipirinhas before and loved them. They remind me a little of daiquiris. The rich white chocolate and cream must taste marvelous w/ the cachaça. Gorgeous treats!

kirby! said...

ay-yi-yi!! these look yummmmmy! i'm drooling on myself. however, if i was anywhere NEAR these after i'd been drinking, i would probably overdose on them.

Sarah said...

Wow. I haven't read any food blogs in a little while, and I can't believe I missed these! I was dying for you to try these when you made the lemon truffles a while back. Sooooo excited & now I'll really have to go hunting some cachaca to try them out!

maybahay said...

booze and chocolate? now you're talking!

Carol Macedo said...

Hi, my name is Caroline Macedo and i'm from Brazil. I'm leaving in São Paulo city... i know your blog and i loved, i am doing many of your prescriptions. ?My inglish is not very good, but i just say at your blog it's so lovely. I go doing your caipirinha truffles because hear have many cachaça for this prescription. (smile)
Thank you so much and i go visit blog all day.
Bye.
Um grande beijo!(kisses)

Lorraine E said...

Mmmmm that inside shot of the truffles is just tantalising! It's breakfast time here and I am now craving chocolate truffles!

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