Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Honey and dark chocolate truffles - a great gift

Honey and dark chocolate truffles / Trufas de chocolate e mel

Cookies are my favorite things to give as gifts – they’re super tasty, easy to package and everyone likes them. But facing a lack of butter – I know, what kind of baker forgets to buy butter? – I turned to truffles. And it ended up being a smart choice – my friend was delighted to receive a box of these and told me they were absolutely delicious. And to make things even better I got to use a book I hadn’t flipped in ages.

Honey and dark chocolate truffles
slightly adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

250g (9oz) dark chocolate, finely chopped – I used one with 53% cocoa solids
½ cup (120ml) heavy cream
¼ cup honey
pinch of salt
unsweetened cocoa powder, for rolling the truffles

Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Set aside.
Combine cream, honey and salt in a small saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring until honey is dissolved. When the mixture starts to boil, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Mix until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 3-4 hours or overnight. Using a small cookie-scoop or a spoon, make truffles with generous 1 ½ teaspoons of ganache per truffle and roll into the cocoa powder. Place in fluted paper cases and serve.
Truffles can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Makes about 30 truffles

16 comments:

Pam said...

These sound wonderful. A gift for myself!

Jobless Girl said...

Looks great and prefect present as a gift.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Mmm sounds and looks delicious! Love these bite-sized indulgences.

Sneige said...

Aww, chocolate! I love to make chocolate truffles and I think they make great presents as well!
I was recently in a masterclass where we made truffles with chocolate and olives (unsalted) tapenade.
I'm thinking of making some soon!

Poornima Nair said...

The truffles look fabulous...love the addition of honey!

argone said...

I love truffles, any kind, with good chocolate ! Yours seem so yummy !

Choc Chip Uru said...

Honey and dark chocolate sounds like a wonderful combination :)

susan said...

I haven't visited in a while and I miss you. You are so right, these would make a wonderful gift!. You are a gift!

Bertha said...

Unas rufas muy buenas, me gusta mucho el chocolate. El blog está genial ahora te sigo.
Besos, la brujita

Shruti said...

I tried making these yesterday.. I left in the refrigerator overnight and yet the consistency of the chocolate mix is very thin. What could be the reason and any suggestions how I could rectify this?

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi Shruti, I do not know what could have happened, but to fix it you would have to add more melted chocolate to the mixture.

healthyforbetter said...

Thanks Patricia.. I ended using the chocolate honey mix as a spread! It tastes so delicious that I am unable to stop myself from eating it as is.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hey, no problem! I'm glad you could still "save" the ganache somehow. :)

kimberleyblue said...

I love giving truffles as gifts, especially the ones that are easier to make. These sound great! I have a blueberry honey that I might try for these...

Hermione said...

Hi Patricia! I made these truffles yesterday... They are soooooo delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi Hermione - that is excellent news! I'm so glad the recipe turned out fine for yo - thank YOU for letting me know!

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