Dark As The Night Truffles

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Author Notes: I don't really do much by the way of candy. Except for truffles. When I studied abroad in Paris, we were each allotted a certain amount of "cultural money" to spend on cultural experiences and improving our language over the course of the semester. Most people spent a lot of time in museums, etc. I went to my fair share of museums, but a large chunk of my money went to a wine tasting class, buying cookbooks, and a chocolate making class at La Maison de Chocolat, where I took copious notes as I learned to make a perfect chocolate ganache. The trick, really is all in the quality of chocolate, and in the stirring technique. I like my truffles quite simple, with plain dark chocolate. You can also flavor them by simmering the cream with cinnamon sticks or zest or other flavorings for a few minutes, then straining it and letting it cool before proceeding. - fiveandspicefiveandspice

Food52 Review: Velvety, rich, and decadent, these truffles are a chocolate lover’s dream. I found the recipe to be quite simple—great for anyone new to the world of candy making. When stirring in the chocolate, just make sure that you have a smooth, creamy mixture or else your ganache will be clumpy. I found leaving the pan of ganache to cool in the refrigerator gave it an ideal consistency after about two hours. Don’t cool it in the freezer or else you’ll have to chip the chocolate out resulting in lumpy truffles. Very tasty—these disappeared all too quickly! – cunningculinaireA&M

Serves 25 - 50 truffles, depending on size

  • 12 ounces high quality dark/semisweet chocolate (I prefer Valrhona), chopped finely
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • cocoa powder
  1. In a medium pot, bring the cream to a boil over medium heat. As soon as the cream boils, turn off the heat and pour in the chopped chocolate. Allow this to stand for about 30 seconds to a minute.
  2. With a whisk or a wooden spoon, start slowly stirring in the middle of the pot with very small circular motions. Continue stirring in small circles as the chocolate begins to mix into the cream in dark streaks. Slowly begin to stir in larger motions and stir until the mixture is a uniform brown color.
  3. Scrape the chocolate into a shallow pan, cover with plastic wrap and allow to come to room temperature. Then refrigerate for about an hour or two. This is your ganache
  4. Line a baking pan or large tupperware with wax paper. Pour cocoa powder into a shallow bowl or pie pan. Using a spoon, scoop a Tbsp. or so of the hardened ganache out, swiftly use your fingers and palms to roll it into a ball, then roll it in the cocoa powder until well covered. Place on the wax paper.
  5. Repeat until all the ganache is made into truffles. Store the truffles in the refrigerator. This kind of classic, simple truffle is best eaten within a few days. This shouldn't really be a problem! :)
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almost 4 years ago AntoniaJames

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How lucky we are to have this excellent lesson in truffle making! And I love your photo of the "cauldron" of bubbling, dark-as-the-night chocolate. Simply wonderful recipe. ;o)

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almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks AJ! It does have a nice witch's cauldron look, doesn't it!

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almost 4 years ago luvcookbooks

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Oh my, La Maison de Chocolat AND Burdick, oh my, a lesson from you on food52 is worth its weight in Valrhona.... I have to go to work but wanted to read this recipe first when I saw your name as author. Luv yr recipes.

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almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks so much luvcookbooks!

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almost 4 years ago gingerroot

A chocolate making class at La Maison de Chocolat!! And here I was in chocolate-awe that you worked at LA Burdick. : ) Thanks for the recipe and all of your technique notes - I'm definitely saving this!

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almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Haha, yes, the combination of those two places sent me down a very dangerous/delicious chocolatey path! Hope you get a chance to try it! I generally make truffles for everyone for Christmas, but they're excellent or Halloween too!