Chocolate Truffles Recipe
Gluten Free Recipe
The addition of cognac gives these Chocolate Truffles a different twist. You can just use vanilla if you prefer to keep them alcohol free.
Wheat/Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Yeast-Free, Corn-Free
3/4 cup whipping cream
12 ounces gluten-free bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tablespoon cognac or 1/8 teaspoon Gluten-Free Vanilla Powder
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
In a 1 to 2-quart pan over high heat, bring cream to a boil. Meanwhile, place chopped chocolate in a bowl. Pour cream over chocolate and stir gently with a flexible spatula until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. (If chocolate does not melt completely, place bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and stir until melted and smooth.) Stir in cognac or vanilla. Chill mixture until firm, at least three hours; if desired, cover and chill up to one week.
Line a 12- by 15-inch baking sheet with a piece of waxed paper. With a spoon, scoop out 1-tablespoon portions of chocolate mixture; place on waxed paper. If mixture is too firm to scoop, let stand at room temperature about ten minutes.
Place 1/4-cup cocoa on a rimmed plate. Dust hands lightly with cocoa. With your hands, roll each scoop of chocolate mixture into a ball, then roll in cocoa to coat. Place each truffle in a small paper candy cup (see notes). To store, place truffles between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container and chill. Advise recipient to chill as well, then bring to room temperature just before serving.
Candied Ginger Truffles: Follow recipe for Chocolate Truffles, but substitute 1-tablespoon rum for cognac and stir 1/4-cup minced candied ginger into chocolate mixture with rum.
Chocolate-Raspberry Truffles: Follow recipe for Chocolate Truffles, but reduce whipping cream to 1/2-cup, substitute 1-tablespoon framboise or other raspberry liqueur for cognac, and stir 1/4-cup melted, strained raspberry jam into chocolate mixture with the framboise.
Mocha Truffles: Follow recipe for Chocolate Truffles, but stir 1-tablespoon instant espresso powder into cream until dissolved and substitute 1-tablespoon Kahlua for cognac.
Small paper candy cups are available in the baking section of some well stocked supermarkets and at stores that sell candy making supplies. The truffles can be rolled (step three) up to three days ahead.
Yield: About 2 dozen chocolate truffles (1-inch)
Serving Size: 1 truffle
Calories: 95; Protein: 1.3g; Fat: 7.4g; Saturated Fat: 4.1g; Carbohydrates: 8.6g; Fiber: 0.6g; Sodium: 2.7mg; Cholesterol: 8.3mg
Calories from fat: 71 percent
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