Chocolate Truffles (Valentine’s Day)

Recipe from Lindt's Truffles PDF version for download here.)

Makes approximately 20 milk, 20 dark and 20 white truffles.

Ingredients:

Ganache for the milk chocolate truffles

  • ¼ cup (60ml) heavy cream
  • 5oz (150g) LINDT Milk Chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) butter, softened

Ganache for the dark chocolate truffles

  • ¼ cup (60ml) heavy cream
  • 5oz (150g) LINDT Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) butter, softened

Ganache for the white chocolate truffles

  • ¼ cup (60ml) heavy cream
  • 5oz (150g) LINDT White Chocolate, chopped

Method:

  1. Heat the cream until it just comes to a boil, add the chopped chocolate and remove pan from heat.
  2. Stir or whisk until the chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Only for milk or dark truffles: Stir in the butter until the ganache is smooth.
  4. Put in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap ensuring that the plastic makes contact with the entire surface of the ganache.
  5. Refrigerate over night or until the ganache is set.

Forming the truffles:

  1. Use a melon baller, small ice cream scoop or teaspoon (I used two teaspoons and fingers).
  2. Roll the ganache in a ball and place on parchment paper.
  3. Roll finished truffles in unsweetened cocoa powder (see “Finishing the truffles” for decorating tips).

Tips:

  • Because of their high fat content, truffles will melt in your hands when you are rolling them. Make sure you work quickly and don’t over roll. Use your finger tips and when washing your hands rinse them with cold water.
  • You may also roll the truffles using cocoa powder to coat your hands. This will, however, only allow you to use one finish on the truffle (i.e. cocoa powder rather than chopped nuts or enrobing them in melted chocolate).

Finishing the truffles:

  • Finishing the truffles can be as simple as rolling them in cocoa powder or powdered sugar.
  • You can also roll them in the following: chocolate shavings, chopped chocolate, chopped toasted nuts: walnuts, pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts, coconut.
  • After hand-rolling the truffles, place them on a shallow tray filled with the desired coating.
  • Roll the truffle in the coating with either a pair of spoons or your hands.
Source: Chocolate Truffles (Valentine’s Day) [Christine's Recipes]