Chocolate truffles, especially when homemade, are sinfully rich and chock-full of lasting health benefits too. These decadent truffles are a flawless addition to any menu and easy to whip up.
I recommend using a 65-70% or higher dark chocolate for this recipe, not only is it my personal favourite but it has the most natural health benefits. For those strict vegans, you can easily substitute the dairy in this recipe for healthier options by simply swapping the heavy cream with raw nut milk and use coconut oil instead of butter.
Decadent Chocolate Truffle recipe
- 12 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 vanilla bean, scraped (or 1 tsp of the spice of your choice; see favourites below for ideas)
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 5.5 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed – at room temperature
- 2-3 tbsp rum extract or your favourite liquor (optional, see favourites; hold back 2-3 tbsp on the heavy cream if using this option!)
- 1 cup real cocoa powder (not Dutch processed), also preferably Valrhona or similar
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts, lightly toasted (optional)
1. Chop chocolate; set aside in a heat-proof bowl. In a saucepan, heat cream over low heat until bubbles form around sides of the pan. Remove from the heat; pour slowly over chopped chocolate, allowing it to for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Starting in the center in small circles, stir with a spatula until the mixture comes together and is smooth and uniform. Cool to room temperature. Stir in butter and extract. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or until firm.
2. In two separate shallow dishes, combine finely chopped nuts and 1/4 cup of the cocoa powder, and plain cocoa powder in another for rolling; set aside. Using a spoon and your hands, shape tablespoonfuls of chilled firm chocolate mixture into balls. Place on waxed paper or parchment-lined baking sheets. (If truffles are soft, refrigerate until easy to handle.) Roll truffles in chocolate-nut mixture. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve, or until you’re ready to package up to give away. Makes 3+ dozen.
Other flavour combination ideas:
Chopped organic crystallized ginger & Grand Marnier (or Cointreau)
Chopped dried organic cherries & Kirsh (omit cayenne pepper)
Chopped dried organic strawberries & Brandy (omit cayenne pepper)
Chopped organic almonds & Amaretto
Instant free-trade coffee & Kahlua or Bailey’s Irish Cream
Fleur de sel & Caramilk, Godiva Caramel, or Kamora Coffee Caramel liquor
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