Posted on April 12 2012

Tartine Baking Project: #54 Chocolate Truffles

Baking these little gems was the smartest thing I’ve done all day.  No, all week.  I’d go as far as saying it’s the smartest thing I’ve done in the last week and a half.  And, the most dangerous.  Have you made truffles?  It’s scary how easy they are to make!  Truffles bring to mind words like, ‘gold,’ ‘fancy,’ ‘rich’ and are something whoever owns Google or Instagram may eat for an afternoon snack every single day.

I really thought I messed up the easiest recipe possible.  It’s always the most simple recipes that I fumble around a bit with.  I didn’t wait for the hot cream to sit in the chopped chocolate.  I just started stirring, which instantly started cooling down the cream, leaving me with some lumpy chocolate.  I don’t think anyone is interested in lumpy truffles.  (Add that to a list of kitchen inspired band names.  Does that list even exist anywhere?)  So, I had to add a little step in the process that involved a double boiler so I could heat up the rest of the chocolate.  Crisis averted.  Oh, and I’m not the best at piping them out into perfect logs.

I decided to grab some candied ginger, roast some almonds, and include some sea salt to make sure these truffles had some variety.  Because when I was eating so many of them, variety was necessary.

Amazing.  So rich and full of flavor.  They’re not necessarily the most gorgeous truffles I’ve ever seen, but that’s definitely something I will improve upon the more I make them.  Yes, I will be making them more.  I cannot wait to play around with tiny additions to mix them up even more.  Jack asked for one, so I gave him one.  He said, “YUM!” then handed the rest back to me.  Just one bite was sufficient for his little toddler palate.  I, on the other hand, can handle these truffles.  So many of them, in fact, that I am so happy to share these with others.  Except for my mailman.  He’s specified he’s not a fan of chocolate.  What a weirdo.

  1. dianne says:

    Yum…ginger, almonds and seasalt…such perfect additions! Wish I could have tried one!

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