If you like chocolate truffles, here's a great recipe from Chef Jean-Philippe Maury. I made half a batch yesterday all the while wondering why I don't make these more often. They're simple but so delicious and open to improvisation. You can infuse the chocolate with whatever flavor you like, then package them up in a myriad of creative ways for gift giving (though mine are in a plastic tub in the kitchen and I've been eating them myself).
I did make a few minor changes to JPM's recipe. Orange zest was omitted and Kahlua replaced the Grand Marnier. I also scooped the truffle center instead of piping it, and used a spoon to coat the balls in chocolate before rolling in the cocoa. Chef Jean-Philippe's method of using gloves sounds more fun, but I didn't have any disposable gloves.
Holiday Chocolate Truffles
- 11 oz. Dark Chocolate 58 % Cacao minimum, divided use
- ⅔ Cup Heavy Cream
- Zest of 1 Orange optional
- 1 Tbsp. Grand Marnier Liqueur or Kahlua
- 5 oz. Cocoa powder for dusting
- Finely chop 8 ounces of the chocolate and put in a bowl.
- Combine the orange zest and the heavy cream in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Strain the orange infused cream over the chocolate and let it set for one minute. Stir gently with a whisk (do not beat or you’ll incorporate air), starting in the center and working your way to the edge, until the ganache is smooth. Stir in the liqueur if using.
- Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let set at room temperature until thick enough to hold its shape, approximately 2 hours.
- Using a pastry bag with a ⅜-inch opening tip OR using a small cookie scoop (in which case the truffles will be much larger), pipe or scoop mounds (about ¾ inch high and ¾ inch wide if piping) on parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt the remaining 3 ounces of chocolate. With gloves on, coat the palm of your hands with melted chocolate and gently coat each chilled truffle. Immediately toss the coated truffles in chocolate powder with a fork.
- Store the truffles inside an airtight box at room temperature.