3 Reasons to Make Truffles

Posted on April 17, 2011

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.

chopped chocolate 3

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

toppings2

Dip each truffle into topping of choice

making truffles 2

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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