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Food Comics: Chocolate Truffles

Tom O.
Posted by Tom O. on Mar 4, 2019
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We are pleased to introduce Food Comics from The Chopping Block where our resident Cartoonist Tom O'Brien illustrates his cooking adventures. Here, he shows us how to make chocolate truffles. 

Hey Food Fans! Looking for a sweet treat that's easy to make and hard to resist? Well, have I got a tasty chocolate treat to try! Home Made Chocolate Truffles The number of truffles this recipe makes will vary based on how big they're made, but I recommend making a half batch, or dividing a full batch up, if you want to experiment with different flavorings. You'll need: 9 oz dark chocolate chips ½ cup heavy cream 2 tbsp Dutch process chocolate powder Optional: 1 tsp flavored extract or 1 tsp of spice If you want to give your truffles a chocolate coating instead of just dusting with chocolate powder, you'll also want: ½ cup more chocolate chips (dark or milk) 2 tbsp shortening To make the truffles, put the 9 oz of chips in a microwave safe bowl and nuke for 10 seconds. In a small pot over medium heat, bring the milk, and any desired extra flavoring, to a low simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir till mixed and the chocolate is fully melted. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. After the mixture has cooled, scoop out a small amount and roll into a ball, repeating the process until the entire mixture is balled. This is easies to do with a 1 oz disher, but can also be done with a spoon. Place the Dutch chocolate in a bowl and roll the truffles through it to coat evenly. At this point, the truffles are ready to go, but if you want to go a step farther and coat the truffles in chocolate, bring a double boiler to the barest simmer. In the double boiler, stir together the ½ cup of additional chocolate chips and the shortening, mixing until smooth. For best coating, the chocolate dip should be between 84 and 88 degrees. Using a fork, dip the truffles in the chocolate coating and place on a tray with wax paper or a Silpat. Chill for an additional half hour. Store in the fridge for up to a week.

Want to watch The Chopping Block's Owner/Chef Shelley Young prepare truffles? Check out this video:




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Topics: chocolate, truffles, food comics, mullet

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