Chocolate Cognac Truffles
Is there a better way to have a date night out than a cooking class with a loved one! For a very reasonable price, you get drinks, meals, new skills, entertainment and new friends! We learned how to prepare this absolutely delicious truffle recipe at Dish Cooking Studio, located in Toronto, Canada. This truffle recipe is infused with orange zest and cognac which make it perfect for any holiday event. When reading the recipe for the black pepper chantilly, I had my doubts that the peppery flavor would pair well with the chocolate. I can say without hesitation that this combination of black pepper, cream and chocolate was to die for!
This truffle recipe is sure to become one of your new dessert recipe traditions. Just like you have your favorite holiday cookies that you make every year, this truffle recipe is one to add to the list. Making truffles isn't as difficult as you might think. You will want to start by reading through the step by step instructions, so you completely understand all that is involved. For this truffle recipe and other dessert recipes, you will want to take a look at the Grandmothers Kitchen site.
Do you have a favorite truffle recipe? Chocolate truffles coated with cocoa powder are just one of the truffle recipes you can try. When it comes to making this homemade truffles recipe, there are a few tips and tricks that will help to ensure recipe success. For the best truffle recipe, you will need to use good quality chocolate. For this truffle recipe, you will need bittersweet chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder. Make sure you use good quality chocolate as not all chocolates are created the same. The chocolate is the base of the truffle recipe so you want to stay away from cheap chocolate or chocolate chips, as a result, may be an inferior tasting truffle, and the truffle center may not be as smooth. Think about the truffles you have tried; you want your truffles to make people stop and take note. A good truffle is something that makes you stop and enjoy for a moment.
When you are chopping the bittersweet chocolate into pieces, you want to make sure and chop it finely. For good truffle recipes it is important to finely chop the chocolate to make a smooth truffle. By finely chopping the bittersweet chocolate before adding to the warmed cream you will have the sort of truffle that you are aiming for. This will also help the bittersweet chocolate melt faster and produce a smoother result. This chocolate cognac truffle recipe calls for 1 1/2 tablespoons of grated orange zest. Make sure to use an organic orange if possible. Oranges aren't on the EWG Dirty Dozen list but they are still a fruit that shows pesticide residues on conventionally grown oranges, and this is something you always want to avoid.
Something you also want to keep in mind is that after you have covered and chilled the truffle mixture in the fridge so that it gets thick, the next step in the truffle recipe will be to start forming your truffles. For this recipe step you can use a small spoon, even a teaspoon measuring spoon may help. It is important that the truffle mixture is stiff. Otherwise, you won't be able to roll the truffles into small balls. You'll start by scooping up the chocolate mixture with a teaspoon and making small truffle balls. A mistake that people often make is trying to scoop a truffle mixture that is still too warm. You want always to make sure to properly cool the truffle mixture before scooping and rolling the truffles. It also helps to work in an area that is not to warm. If it is too warm in your kitchen, you may find the truffle mixture difficult to roll. You might have a cooler location in the house, where you can work without worry. Another good idea is to where some gloves to help roll the truffles. And don't forget to cover your truffles in a coating, as this is the step that takes a truffle recipe over the top. **
160 g bittersweet chocolate
3 oz heavy cream
1 tbsp. cognac
1 ½ tbsp. grated orange zest
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder for coating
Ginger+ Rosemary Cookie Crumb
2 cup graham crackers crumbs
5 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. ground ginger
10 tbsp.-unsalted butter, melted
1 spring rosemary chopped
Black Pepper Chantilly
½ cup heavy whipping cream, cold
1 tsp. black pepper
1tbsp. freshly grated lemon zest
1. Chop chocolate into pieces.
2. Bring cream to simmer in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Set it aside when it boils. Add in chocolate pieces when the cream is still hot, let them melt and mix well until smooth.
3. Add in cognac and orange zest into the mixture and stir well. Cover and chill it in refrigerator until it gets stiff.
4. Scoop up chocolate mixture with a teaspoon and make small balls. Put cocoa powder into a bowl and drop truffles into it.
5. Coat truffles completely with cocoa powder by shaking and swirling the bowl.
1. Place in a bowl the graham cracker crumbs, the sugar, ginger, chopped rosemary and butter. Put the mixture into a pan and toast the crumbs for 5 min.
Black Pepper Chantilly
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine cream, lemon zest, Whip at medium-high speed until fluffy and thick, about 5 minutes.
2. Fold in the black pepper. Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to 1 week in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts for: Chocolate Cognac Truffles from Dish Cooking Studio, Toronto
Ingredients: Bittersweet chocolate, cream, cognac, cocoa powder, orange zest.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.* Per serving: Calories 151, Calories from Fat 89, Total Fat 9.9g 15%, Saturated Fat 6.6g 33%, Cholesterol 19mg 6%, Sodium 20mg 1%, Potassium 82mg 2%, Carbohydrates 12.2g 4%, Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%, Sugars 10.3g, Protein 1.8g, Vitamin A 4% · Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 4% · Iron 3%
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