Ahhh I feel my refrigerator’s pain! We bought our turkey today at a discounted price (buy a certain dollar amount and get your turkey for less than $.50 a pound). I have to say we got a pretty heavy one. This Thanksgiving is sure to give my kitchen a workout. We’ve haven’t finalized a menu yet but I have some ideas. I mean who doesn’t love pumpkin pie?
Yesterday, I bought some Ghirardelli’s Baking Bars at a wholesale store for a fraction of the regular price. What a bargain! So today I decided to use some at last. The special recipe that used these precious chocolate? Truffles of course. I have to admit since it was my first time trying to make truffles, I did struggle. However, you know what they say- learn from your mistakes. I’ve gathered all the information and tips I learned and made a top ten list for you (remember to say where you got your tips from 😉
Sorry this picture is such bad quality. I will fix it soon.
- Remember truffles are made with hard ganache. Hard ganache is 2 part chocolate and 1 part heavy cream. Too much heavy cream will make your ganache too soft.
- When melting chocolate, make sure to use a water bath if you can. If not, stir the mixture so the chocolate doesn’t burn.
- If you have to leave melted chocolate without using it for a while (1/2 hour or longer）, get another bowl and add warm water to it. Put the bowl with the melted chocolate into the warm water to keep the chocolate melted.
- The ganache should be smooth when making truffles.
- If you are not making a hard outer chocolate shell, you can sprinkle on cocoa powder or any nuts or crumbs.
- When making a hard outer shell, experiment with different colors and be creative.
- Do not make a hard outer shell on a truffle that has already been covered with cocoa powder or crumbs.
- It is okay to substitute evaporated or sweetened condensed milk for the heavy cream.
- Cocoa powder and heavy cream can also be combined to make truffles.
- A fast and easy truffle can be made in the microwave.
I hope this helps any potential truffle-makers. Who knows, maybe you’re the next Willy Wonka.