Two Easy Truffle Recipes to Impress Your Guests
At the end of a big meal, most people want a little something sweet, but they don't necessarily have room for a whole piece of cake or pie. This is where truffles come in handy. They're delicious little desserts that satisfy the palate without overwhelming the stomach. The next time you host a dinner party at your home, whip up a batch of one of these easy truffles. Your guests will be impressed with your cooking skills and may even reach for seconds.
Basic Chocolate and Almond Truffles
Coated with slivered almonds, these chocolate truffles are incredibly rich and indulgent. You won't believe they only contain six ingredients! The recipe makes about 20 small truffles.
- 9 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons Brandy
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
Start by placing the slivered almonds in a food processor. Pulse the food processor just a couple of times to smash the almonds up a little. You don't want them powdery -- just in smaller pieces. Set them aside in a bowl when finished.
Place the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat for 20 seconds on high. Stir, and return to the microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat until you have a smooth, completely melted mixture. Set the chocolate aside.
In a saucepan, combine the heavy cream and corn syrup. Bring to a simmer, and then remove from the heat. Stir in the melted chocolate, followed by the brandy. Pour the mixture into a square glass pan, and place it in the refrigerator.
Once the mixture has firmed up, which typically takes about an hour, use a knife or spoon to divide it into 20 even pieces. Roll each one into a ball, and then roll it in the slivered almonds. Place the completed truffles in a resealable container, and store them in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
White Chocolate Truffles With Peppermint
Peppermint and white chocolate blend together to create a truffle that's almost refreshing. These truffles will soothe the palate after a big meal, and their pretty pink color makes for a beautiful presentation, too. The recipe makes about 24 truffles.
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 4 tablespoons (a half stick) butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 18 peppermint hard candies or 6 candy canes
- 1 drop red food coloring
- 1 cup white chocolate shavings
Place the peppermint candies or candy canes in a food processor, and pulse the food processor until the candy is in small pieces with some dust. Set the candy aside.
Combine the white chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Heat until melted and smooth, stirring constantly. Turn the heat off, but leave the top bowl inside the double boiler. Stir in the heavy cream, powdered sugar, food coloring, and candy. Stir until a smooth mixture emerges.
Pour the melted candy mixture into a lightly greased, glass square pan. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. Then, divide the mixture into 24 balls, using a melon baller to dish up each one. Roll each ball in the white chocolate shavings, and then place the completed balls in a resealable container. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
You can also make this recipe with cherry hard candies or cherry candy canes for a fruity flavor.
Either of these truffle recipes can be stored in the freezer if you have leftovers or don't plan on using them very soon. Send a few home with each of your guests if you really want to see them smile! For more information or ideas, contact a business such as Abdallah Candies And Gifts.