3 Reasons to Make Truffles

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Chocolate Truffles - 3 ways!  a rich chocolate treat that happens to be gluten-free

I had a huge problem on Saturday.

Chocolate Truffles - 3 ways!  a rich chocolate treat that happens to be gluten-free

There was almost an entire pint of organic heavy whipping cream in my fridge and it was about to expire.

chopped white chocolate 1

The horror!

Chocolate Truffles - 3 ways!  a rich chocolate treat that happens to be gluten-free

But I prevailed.  I went through cookbooks and blogs searching for the perfect recipe to experiment with.  Whipped cream, ganache, caramel… for some reason I just wasn’t moved.

chopped chocolate 1

But then I saw some truffles and realized a few things:

1) Truffles might be one of the easiest desserts to make

2) Truffles are fun to make

3) Truffles are kosher for Passover!!!!!

Chocolate, cream and butter.  No flour, no baking powder, nothing like that.  I actually see truffles as an un-Passover Passover dessert.

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I’ve experimented in the past with ingredients like potato flour and matzo meal, but those desserts often have an “off” flavor.  The problem with trying to replicate a normal dessert and make it work for the holiday is that it will never come close.  Desserts that are kosher to begin with, those are the ones to go with.  Flourless chocolate cake- yes.  Kosher-for-Passover chocolate chip cookies- not so much.

chopped white chocolate 2

Granted, some of the toppings I used aren’t actually acceptable for those who follow Passover strictly (for example, peanuts aren’t kosher for Passover), but they can easily be modified to be so.

Start by putting your heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan over low-medium heat

cream 1

Bring the cream to a light boil and add chocolate

boiling cream

melting chocolate 1

Remove  saucepan from heat and whisk in chocolate until completely melted

melting chocolate 2

When well-combined, whisk in butter until smooth

add butter

Then, chill mixture in refrigerator for two hours or until it is firm

ganache done

Use a small teaspoon or small ice cream scoop to form small ball-shaped truffles approximately the size of thumb-tip

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Dip each truffle into topping of choice

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Store finished truffles in refrigerator for up to a week

Chocolate Truffles - 3 ways!  a rich chocolate treat that happens to be gluten-free

Chocolate Truffles - 3 ways!  a rich chocolate treat that happens to be gluten-free Chocolate Truffles - 3 ways!  a rich chocolate treat that happens to be gluten-free

Chocolate Truffles
Yield: Makes ~20 truffles

Ingredients
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
5 ounces chopped chocolate, any type*
2 ounces unsalted butter, softened at room temperature*
1/2 cup topping of choice

Cooking Directions
Start by putting your heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan over low-medium heat
Bring the cream to a light boil and add chocolate
Remove saucepan from heat and whisk in chocolate until completely melted
When well-combined, whisk in butter until smooth
Then, chill mixture in refrigerator for two hours or until it is firm
Once firm, use a small teaspoon or small ice cream scoop to form small ball-shaped truffles (approximately the size of thumb-tip)
Dip each truffle into topping of choice
Store finished truffles in refrigerator for up to a week

Notes:
Source: Lindt Chocolate Passion Recipe Book
*When using white chocolate, do not add butter
My flavor/topping combinations were dark chocolate + chopped peanuts, milk chocolate + unsweetened cocoa powder, and white chocolate + non pereils

Chocolate Truffles - 3 ways!  a rich chocolate treat that happens to be gluten-free

What would you use to coat your truffles?

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50 Responses to “3 Reasons to Make Truffles”

  1. Victoria (District Chocoholic) April 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    I actually like covering truffles in plain bittersweet chocolate…and infusing the inside with things like fruit purees and nut butters :).

    • KeepItSweet April 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      Oh that sounds really good!

  2. Our Eyes April 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    what great ideas! good to know they are kosher : j

  3. lynn @ the actor's diet April 17, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    truffles should be at every seder!

  4. Emily @ Life On Food April 18, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    I love truffles. The ones we the sprinkles are super cute. Great idea for not wasting food!

  5. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite April 18, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Your truffles are so beautiful! And I love your presentation in the sweet glasses. Hope you have a great holiday!

    • KeepItSweet April 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      Thank you!

  6. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic April 18, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Truffles are so fun! I kinda wish I could have some for breakfast haha

  7. Andie @ CanYouStayForDinner.com April 18, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh. How beautiful are these?! I love them!!

  8. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels April 18, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Oh my word, how good do these look?! I want these for breakfast. ;) I especially love the truffles with the sprinkles. So colorful and pretty!

  9. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen April 18, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    I had truffles on the brain this week too! Mmm! Can’t go wrong with chocolate dipped in chocolate!

  10. Franklin from DineDelish April 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    Ummm.. screw my diet! I want these. A hundred of these! Good job.

  11. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Lauren, I don’t need ANY reason to make these truffles besides the fact that they look amazingly yummy, fun to make, and colorful! I’m especially loving the rainbow sprinkles you used. Thanks for sharing the recipe and inspiring me for spring! :)

    • KeepItSweet April 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

      Thanks, Georgia!

  12. Maria April 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    I love truffles! I need to make them and soon!

  13. Vicki @ WITK April 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I love the confetti truffles! They are just so much fun!

  14. Lee Hock April 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Love the kosher for passover dessert idea! I will definitely make these this Passover, possibly for this Friday night. Thanks!

  15. briarrose April 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    I adore the sprinkle coated version. ;) I always do a classic coat of chocolate on my truffles…though what type of chocolate varies….I do play around with the garnish quite a bit though.

  16. valerie April 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    I love truffles. If I could live off of them…alone, I would. =)

  17. Sarah April 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    o.m.g.– i love truffles, and these look like a great recipe. thanks for sharing!!

  18. Simply Life April 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    wow! you definitely put the cream to good use! these look amazing!

    I think I’d dip mine in chopped nuts!

  19. Shauna from Piece of Cake April 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    So completely delicious and adorable! I’m all over truffles–they are the perfect thing to make people think you’re magical.

    • KeepItSweet April 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

      So true!

  20. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen April 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    These look incredible! I LOVE truffles…I need to make these chocolate and peanut truffles! :)

  21. Meghan@travelwinedine April 19, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    Wow! These look incredible. I would love to roll them in toasted hazelnuts.

    • KeepItSweet April 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

      oh yum!

  22. Foodfashionandflow April 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    I absolutely adore truffles and these look really delicious. The ones with the sprinkles are so cute!

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/

  23. TheDaintyVegetarian.com April 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    I love love love truffles! These pics are great! You are making me want to quit my spring diet early : )

    • KeepItSweet April 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

      Thank you! I think truffles should be a part of every diet:-)

  24. The Taster April 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    All the oblong, dented truffles are mine, all the nice, round ones are Lauren’s!

  25. Kristina April 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    you need to start an online store so we can purchase this goodness!

  26. Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    I would use bits of heath bar – YUM! These look amazing, perfect to give as a gift!

  27. Joy April 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    The truffles look great.

  28. Joanne April 20, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    I definitely agree with you about Kosher for passover desserts. It’s like trying to compare vegetarian bacon to real bacon. You just can’t do it and it’s silly to try. Not that veg bacon tastes bad. It just doesn’t taste like bacon. :P

    These truffles, though, are gorgeous! I’m glad you put that heavy cream to good use!

    • KeepItSweet April 20, 2011 at 11:51 am #

      Exactly! I agree 100%

  29. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods April 20, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Brilliant way to polish off that heavy cream! Love the sprinkles.

  30. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls April 20, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Okay… YUM x 100!!!!

  31. MarciaL April 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    Love milk chocolate. Your trufffles are the best EVER!

  32. Susi's Kochen und Backen April 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Beautiful truffles, the ones with the sprinkles just make me smile, they are too cute and absolutely perfect for Easter. :o)

  33. Jesse April 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    my stepfather is jewish and i’m going home for a sedar this weekend, how nice that i can now make a delicious dessert. the sprinkles are charming, but i love the idea of chopped nuts or maybe pretzels or other candy chopped up. hmmm reeses’s pieces or snickers? so many possibilities.

  34. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots April 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Good call on making truffles! I love them so much! Mmmm! Your toppings look great too!

  35. Baking Serendipity April 20, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    I’m not even sure I need three reasons :) These look awesome!

  36. Maris (In Good Taste) April 21, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    These are gorgeous! You had me at one reason!

  37. Robin Sue April 22, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Hi Lauren!
    These truffles are so cute! Love your site, I am going to have to run around in here and look around, so many yummy treats! I had never had peanut butter with blueberries but talk healthy, yum!
    Robin Sue

    • KeepItSweet April 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

      Thank you, Robin Sue!

  38. Brian @ A Thought For Food April 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Not that one needs a reason to make truffles… but you make some very persuasive points here ;-)

  39. Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) April 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Anything with sprinkles is amazing :D

  40. lynne April 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    yum! these sound amazing and are so pretty!!

  41. Billy December 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    I can think of one right now. They are delicious

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