These are a staple in my “cook to impress” repertoire. By switching up the kind of chocolate, adding extracts (or booze!) and rolling them in different toppings; the variety is practically endless.
Whatever you do – please don’t tell anyone how easy these are to make. Let them think you’re some kind of tortured genius in the kitchen. Godiva just turned into Go Diva!
What You’ll Need:
- One (12 ounce) bag of dark, semi sweet, white or milk chocolate chips
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- Your choice of optional flavorings –
1 teaspoon extract (vanilla, almond, mint)
or 1 to 2 tablespoons liquor (amaretto, Bailey’s, coffee liquor)
- Truffle coatings, again your choice –
powdered sugar, cocoa powder, colored sugar, finely chopped nuts, demerara sugar, coconut or crushed peppermint.
Put the chocolate chips in a bowl.
In a microwave safe measuring cup or coffee cup; heat the cream in the microwave until just simmering but not at a full boil.
Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips and let it sit for about 5 minutes. This will melt the chips.
Now stir by hand until smooth, add the extract and blend. If the chips aren’t softened enough put the mixture in the microwave for 20 seconds and stir again. Hooray! You just made chocolate ganache!
Put the mixture in the fridge for about 1 hour or until firm.
Line a sheet pan with wax paper or parchment paper. When the ganache is cold and firm spoon it out by the teaspoon and quickly roll into little balls. Move quickly because the heat from your hands will melt the ganache. Refrigerate again if necessary. When the balls are firm roll them in your coating.
Keep these in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them. These can be refrigerated for up to 2 months, if they last that long.
Put some in a pretty box or bag and take them to a party as a hostess gift. Or bring a little plate of truffles to the table to wind up a special dinner and serve with coffee or port. Serve with Afternoon Tea.
This recipe makes about 40 pieces so you can hide a little stash for yourself too! It’ll be our little secret. *Wink*