Saturday, December 16, 2006

Truffles!

Here is my truffle recipe:

16oz. good quality dark chocolate
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter
good quality cocoa powder or confectioner's sugar

Chop up the chocolate. In a double boiler (I use a pyrex dish on top of a pan of water), melt the chocolate together with the cream. Do this slowly over medium heat, stirring regularly.
When the chocolate and cream are completely mixed and melted together, take them off the heat and add the butter. Stir until the butter is completely incorporated. It helps a lot to chop the butter up into smaller pieces before adding it.
When it is all melted and mixed, put the mixture in the fridge for at least 6 hours.
When it is nice and cold, take a really small ice cream scoop* (I think mine is 1/4 oz) and scoop out round balls of the mixture. Roll them a bit in your hands to make them round and drop them in a dish of cocoa powder (or the confectioner's sugar if you like them sweeter). Roll them to cover them in the cocoa powder and they are done.
Keep them refrigerated. They keep about two weeks. You generally don't have to worry about them going bad.

*You may wonder whether you really need the ice cream scoop. I tried making them without it the first time, and frankly, they ended up looking like little chocolate turds. The effect was really unappetizing, though I think I laughed for about half an hour when I realized what they looked like.

5 comments:

arianna said...

fantastic, thanks so much for sharing with us!

best wishes for a wonderful holiday season,
xo,
Arianna

Melissa said...

mmm- truffles! I'll be in MI from 12/23-12/27. will miss you all at the christmas time. will be home in NYC all the rest of the times. short trip with andy- he's not too keen on really long ones yet. we'll work him up to the whole week.

Anonymous said...

The Lucy Lee sense of humor strikes again. I burst out laughing in front of a couple of analysts when I read how you wrote that without the scoop your truffles looked like little turds. You crack me up!
Anyway, happy holidays! I'm passing through Boston on Saturday afternoon, but since you might be busy, busy, busy, perhaps I should just get going up to Vermont. I'll call you while I am in the US, though. Love, Letitia

Lucy said...

Arianna-I wish you could come by for truffles!
Balissa-I'll put something in the mail for you and the man after Christmas
Letitia-Come on over! There's chocolate in it for you!

Anonymous said...

From Letitia on 12/20 -- I'll see what the weather is like and how I am feeling once I am off the plane. If I feel peppy, I'll drop by. If not, I'll keep driving to VT. Either way I will call.