Winter White Chocolate Truffles

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Author Notes: You seriously do not want to know how much white chocolate I went through this weekend. I am not (NOT) showing my hubby the grocery bill. I have discovered that I am not, if fact, a natural confectionary, but after several (ok, many) trials and errors, I think I've nailed it down. Of course, I have what is possibly the worst head cold in the history of mankind, so it's not completely out of the question that I have made something that tastes like beef stew. I wouldn't know, although the husband assures me they taste just delightful. That being said, when I get sick, he treats me like a wounded rhinocerous on the plains of Africa, backing up slowly and avoiding eye contact so he might just be placating me..... The original base recipe for the truffle came from the ghiradelli website (see above part about me not being a candy-maker!).

Things I have learned this weekend: adding vodka-based alcohol to truffle fillings ensures that it will not set up. Substituting coconut milk for heavy cream in a 1:1 ratio also does not work. Feel free to snigger at me at any point during this paragraph by the way. White chocolate is a persnickety substance and will seize, freeze, melt and behave in ways that are quite irritating when you're forking over 3.50/bar. Head colds are not conducive to tasting anything. Hot toddies are a wonderful thing. But perhaps most importantly, the food52 community was there for me in my time of need - and is helping me to become a better cook. Thanks all!
Niknud

Makes a whole mess of wee little truffles

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk (the fatty part from the top of the can)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces white chocolate
  • 4 teaspoons finely ground dried, unsweetened coconut (use a spice grinder if possible)
  • 2 teaspoons finely zested lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons limoncello
  • ******* Truffle Coating ********
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons finely ground dried, unsweetened coconut (use a sprice grinder if possible)
  • 1 tablespoon finely zested lemon peel
  • 8 ounces white chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon crisco (if needed)
  1. In a small pan, heat the coconut milk and heavy cream until bubbles just being to break the surface. Add the butter and stir until melted. Remove from heat and add the white chocolate, stirring until melted. Add the coconut, lemon zest and limoncello and stir to combine. Put in the freezer until it sets up - it will not harden all the way but become workable.
  2. While your filling is chilling out in the freezer, combine the first three coating ingredients in a shallow pan or on a plate.
  3. When the filling has set up enough to hold its shape for a time, roll approx 1 tsp amounts into balls between your hands and roll in the coating. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking pan and return to the freezer to re-chill.
  4. While the filling is firming up, melt the white chocolate slowly in a glass bowl set over a small pan of warm water. If your chocolate is too thick, try thinning it out with a teaspoon of Crisco (thanks, drbabs!) Using a fork, gently lower the balls into the white chocolate and coat. They get smushy fast, so you want to be expeditious here. Return to the freezer until the chocolate sets. If you have mini-muffin tin liners, I would use them for storing the truffles. They look cute and it keeps them from bumping up against each other.
  5. Notes (several): Although they taste better at room temperature, you will want to store these in the fridge until a little while before serving. Additionally, looking back, I would have been better served using a candy mold. Alas, I do not own a candy mold, so I made them in this way. However, if you have one I would recommend using it. And last, but certainly not least, a big shout out to drbabs for giving me the trick of thinning out my white chocolate coating with a teaspoon of shortening - saved the day!
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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

These look and sound amazing. Love the coconut-lemon flavor combination you have here (limoncello included, of course).

Nog

almost 3 years ago Niknud

Drbabs, cant seem to reply to your comment; can't seem to send you a message... No, no, thank you! I was banging my head against the stove and suddenly realized there are always extremely helpful people hanging out at food52. Not five minutes later I had my answer and the day (or chocolate anyway) was saved! Not feeling better yet, but don't appear to be in any imminent danger of expiring... :)

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almost 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Niknud! How sweet! Sorry for not commenting sooner--I just found your recipe. Those are some beautiful truffles and I'm sure they are delicious. Your persistence paid off! Hope you're feeling better and able to taste soon. XO

Sausage2

almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Love! Love the story! Love your sticktuitiveness! And, these truffles look awesome! The coconut milk and the limoncello in there both sound fabulous!

Nog

almost 3 years ago Niknud

Thanks fiveandspice! These contests have been so great for me - forcing me out of my comfort zone and really pushing me to learn different techniques and try different things. And the new two week contest schedule is perfect with my hectic life - not sure I could do anything approaching quality work if we were on a 1 week schedule!

Sausage2

almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Oh, I so agree!

Nog

almost 3 years ago Niknud

Seem to have cracked the nut, so to speak. Recipe is showing ok now.

Nog

almost 3 years ago Niknud

Sigh. Of course, now it's showing twice....Make it stop!!!!!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Can't wait to see when the missing stuff is in there, sometimes there is a lag time in getting the info in for some reason, These are gorgeous and I have to try them. Gorgeous and perfect for the holidays the limoncello is a stroke of genius!!!

Nog

almost 3 years ago Niknud

So glad you like them - it was a bit hit or miss there for a while, but a few restorative sips of the limoncello helped!

Nog

almost 3 years ago Niknud

Sigh. Missing ingredients. Missing steps. I will see if I can edit this sucker into submission!