Earl Grey Vanilla Bean Truffles Two Ways

November  6, 2012
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

These irresistible truffles showcase the unbeatable flavor combination of Earl Grey tea, vanilla, and orange in two delightful forms.
The classic dark chocolate truffle is elevated to new heights by the subtle notes of vanilla, Earl Grey, and orange. With flavors reminiscent of a classy chocolate orange, these truffles won't last long!
The white chocolate variation of the truffle allows the vanilla, Earl Grey, and orange flavors to shine. —kangarhubarb

Test Kitchen Notes

This is one terrific recipe! I love any recipe I come across that uses minimal, good quality ingredients and turns them into such a success. The dark chocolate takes on a velvety texture with undertones of vanilla and tea, and the orange zest is a perfect finish to every tiny bite. I rolled a few in crushed pistachios which added a nice balance of salt and sweet. This was absolutely excellent! I can't wait to make these throughout the upcoming holiday season. —ashleychasesdinner

  • Makes approximately two dozen
  • 8 ounces good quality dark chocolate (or white for variation)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Earl Grey Tea bags
  • zest of half a medium sized orange
  • seeds from one vanilla bean
  • optional Cocoa powder, chopped nuts, or preferred coating to roll truffles
In This Recipe
  1. Heat cream with Earl Grey tea bags and orange zest until just about to simmer. Strain out tea bags and zest and add seeds scraped from vanilla bean.
  2. While cream is heating, roughly chop chocolate and place in a heatproof bowl.
  3. Pour hot infused cream with vanilla over chocolate and allow to sit 1-3 minutes.
  4. Stir chocolate and cream together until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth.
  5. Cover and refrigerate four hours or overnight.
  6. Place cocoa powder (or other desired coating) in a small bowl.
  7. Using a teaspoon scoop 1-inch balls of ganache and roll between palms until smooth. Roll in cocoa powder to coat.
  8. Return to refrigerator until ready to serve.

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