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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Valentines Day - Time For A Gift of Delicious Dark Chocolate Truffles


With Valentines Day just around the corner how about making some gorgeous tasting dark chocolate truffles. If you use the 85% dark chocolate it is much lower in carbs and this recipe just looks and sounds delicious.

"It doesn't get any simpler--or more delicious--than this. Dark chocolate and cream come together to form divine, melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate truffles. Use good-quality chocolate for the best results. A tablespoon of rum or brandy can be added in with the vanilla, if desired. These sweets, like most truffles, have several extensive chilling periods, so make sure you leave enough time when making them.

Ingredients:
9 ounces dark chocolate either the 85% or 72% chocolate, finely chopped
2/3 cups cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup cocoa powder

( If you should need help with measurement conversion please see here )

Preparation:

1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminium foil or greased proof/parchment paper. Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl.
2. Place the cream in a small saucepan and scald it until bubbles begin to appear around the sides of the pan. Pour the cream over the chocolate and allow it to soften and melt the chocolate for one minute.
3. Using a whisk, gently stir to incorporate the cream and chocolate. Add the vanilla and stir until well-combined, but do not stir too vigorously or you will incorporate air bubbles.
4. Cover the truffle mixture with cling wrap and allow it to cool to room temperature. Once cool, refrigerate until it is firm enough to spoon, about 2 hours.
5. Using a teaspoon or cookie dough scoop, form small 1-inch balls from the ganache and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ganache. Return to the refrigerator to chill for another hour.
6. Place the cocoa powder in a small bowl or pie tin. Dust your hands with cocoa powder and place a truffle in the cocoa, rolling it until it is coated. Roll the truffle briefly between your palms to form a round shape, then place it back on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining truffles.
7. If you have different varieties/shades of cocoa powder, you can experiment with rolling the truffles in two different cocoas, creating stripes or dots of different colours. Truffles can also be topped with chocolate shavings. Store the truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and bring them to room temperature before serving." 


The original recipe, photo and instructions can be found here

Delicious and filling - best not to eat too many!

All the best Jan

21 comments:

gloriadelpilar_1994@yahoo.com said...

What lovely recipe !!
Still I didnt make any for Valentines !!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, they looks delicious. I love chocolate too. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They sure look pretty! I mentioned your blog in my post this morning and gave a link to it. I appreciate your healthy articles and recipes! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Diane

Lorrie said...

oh, how deliciously rich these look - a real treat for Valentine's Day!

Mac n' Janet said...

When you say cream what precisely do you mean? Whipping cream? Half and Half, heavy cream?

The Happy Whisk said...

Happy Valentines and happy eating!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Aimee has made these before Jan, as you say easy and so delicious.. in a pretty box they make a lovely gift!

Adam said...

looks nice

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

They look absolutely divine! :)

Tom said...

...balls of flavor.

Linda said...

Oh my goodness, Jan! Your photos have me wanting some chocolate now! I do love chocolate, and the dark is the healthiest, too! Thank you so much for sharing, dear friend.

Lowcarb team member said...

Reply to Mac n Janet

Janet asked 'When you say cream what precisely do you mean? Whipping cream? Half and Half, heavy cream?'

It's double cream which I think in the US is heavy cream.

All the best Jan

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Oh those look delicious indeed!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Oh my do these look yummy, Jan. Thank you for always posting great advice. ♥

Benita Roberts said...

Great recipe! I love these truffles, they are just too good! I've never tried to make my own, but I think I will have to give it a try! I love dark chocolate because it is good for you and satisfies the chocolate cravings! :-) Love and hugs Jan!

Revrunner said...

Just visited the U. S. Botanic Garden in D.C. where one of the staff showed visitors the fruit from one of the Garden's cacao trees and explained the process by which chocolate is made.

Lowcarb team member said...

Reply to Diane - Lavender Dreamer
I've just seen your latest post, and enjoyed it.
As you say nuts as snacks are a good idea. I also like things like pepper, carrot and celery sticks. There is a good variety of healthy choices we can all make ...
Many thanks for the link to this blog

All the best Jan

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

So yummy! Dark chocolate is my chocolate of choice. I have a handful of favourite brands that have few and simple ingredients.

Neesie said...

Oh my this all looks so delicious. I'm in between meals at the moment of reading this which is torture. I've never tried to make truffles before, but now I'm thinking maybe I should :D

Magic Love Crow said...

Thanks so much for sharing Jan! Big Hugs!

Nikki (Sarah) said...

Yum! they look tooooo good. Thanks for this Guys. Happy Day.