Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chocolate, pistachio and orange-blossom truffles

Chocolate, pistachio and orange-blossom truffles / Trufas de chocolate amargo, pistache e água de flor de laranjeira

I was watching some music videos with Joao last Sunday and told him that even though I’ve loved Queen for as long as I can remember not until when I was an adult I realized that the blond girl on this video was Roger Taylor. :)

What can I say? There are things we learn late in life. Like choosing dark chocolate over milk chocolate when making truffles. :)

Chocolate, pistachio and orange-blossom truffles / Trufas de chocolate amargo, pistache e água de flor de laranjeira

Chocolate, pistachio and orange-blossom truffles
slightly changed from Australian Gourmet Traveller

300g dark chocolate (58% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped – I used 70%
200ml heavy cream
1 tablespoon orange-blossom water*, or to taste
½ cup (70g) pistachio kernels, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped
½ cup (45g) Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted

Combine chocolate and cream in a medium saucepan, stir over low heat until melted and smooth (4-5 minutes), stir through orange-blossom water and 50g pistachios. Pour into a shallow tray and set aside to cool. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (2-3 hours). Finely chop remaining pistachios.

Mix remaining chopped pistachio and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Roll about ½ tablespoon of the mixture into rough balls. Roll the truffles on the cocoa/pistachio mixture and gently shake to coat. Truffles will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 10 days.

* I could not feel the orange blossom water flavor – you might want to add a little bit more

Serves 15 – I made 2/3 of the recipe above and got 23 truffles


tasteofbeirut said...

I love Queen too! Anyway, great truffles! I made ganache yesterday for an Easter cake, I will recycle them into truffles with some pistachios, great idea!

Patty said...

Oooo love the addition of orange-blossom water and pistachios - like a middle eastern twist on truffles - yum. :)

Fran said...

Wow, they look so pretty and yummy! I want some right now :)
And Queen rocks, I love them!

Katie said...

These look divine and so dark and chocolaty. Love the green of the pistachios peeping through the truffle. yum

~~louise~~ said...

Can you here me singing, Patricia. I sing to the Chocolate, Pistachio & Orange-Blossom Truffles. They look heavenly...

Thanks for sharing and, the pleasant dreams:)

collin said...

Yummy.....I love desserts. I will try this recipe at the earliest. Thanks for sharing.

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Patricia Scarpin said...

Taste of Beirut, Queen rocks!
That Easter cake sounds delish!

Patty, I'm glad you like it, thank you!

Fran, have as many as you want. ;)
Love Queen, too!

Katie, I love pistachios in just about anything. :)
Thank you!

Louise, you are too sweet - thank you, darling!

mari said...

Queen. LOVE Queen. Miss Freddie Mercury. And that box of truffles is being shipped to me, correct? Have a great weekend, dearie!

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