Author Notes: A smooth chocolate truffle that has just a hint of Bailey's Irish Cream mixed in, coated with cocoa powder, makes for a warm and wonderful bite-sized dessert that you can just pop into your mouth! —Katie Bem
cups Heavy Cream
tablespoon Corn Syrup
cups Dark Chocolate
tablespoons Butter, soft
teaspoons Bailey's Irish Cream
Cocoa Powder, as needed
- Put the chocolate in a heat proof bowl.
- In a small pot, pour in the heavy cream and corn syrup, and place on the stove.
- Turn the burner on medium to heat up the cream/corn syrup mixture.
- Once this comes to a boil (it will begin to rapidly rise in the pot), pour over the chocolate.
- Let this sit for about a minute to let the chocolate melt a bit.
- Now, using a spatula or wooden spoon, begin to stir in small circles, allowing the chocolate to fully melt.
- Once you have a homogenous mixture, add in the softened butter and stir, making sure that it is entirely incorporated--you now have a ganache!
- Now add in the Baileys and stir.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let this all sit for about 20-30 minutes, allowing the ganache you have made to firm up a little.
- Now comes the fun part, you get to table your ganache!
- This works best on a marble countertop because of its cool temperature. If you do not have one, wood, metal, whatever your beautiful kitchen has for table/counter space, is perfectly fine!
- Pour the ganache onto the (clean) countertop. Using a spatula, or an offset spatula, spread it in a thin layer. This agitates the fat crystals in your chocolate, which leads to it setting more firmly and having a smoother bite.
- Now you want to put all of that ganache into a pile again, which is most easily done with a bench scraper, but using any flat tool you have works just as well (knife, rubber spatula).
- You will want to do this about 3 times, until you have noticed that your soft ganache has stiffened. You can tell it is ready when you can pile up the ganache, put your offset spatula/knife into it and it feels like you are dipping into a jar of peanut butter.
- Next, you want to transfer your tabled ganache into a piping bag fixed with a round tip to begin making your truffles.
- *Note* This is where always having cold hands (like me!) is a great thing. If your hands are too warm, it will begin to melt the chocolate, making for a gooey mess. Wrapping a towel/paper towels around the piping bag will help in preventing the chocolate from melting.
- Now, pipe your truffles onto a piece of parchment paper. The size is really up to you. I pipe mine to be 6-7 grams, which ends up being around 1" in diameter after they are rolled.
- Once you have finished piping all of the ganache, let the truffles sit for at least 20 minutes to firm up. They can also be put onto a sheet pan and wrapped in plastic wrap if you would like to store them overnight to finish the following day.
- When you are ready to coat them in cocoa powder, roll each truffle into a ball.
- Once they have all been rolled, put about 4 or 5 of them into a sifter, add cocoa powder and sift to cover them.
- Continue to do this until you have finished with all of your truffles.
- Bon Appétit!