Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Chocolate Truffles

December 13, 2016 at 8:12 pm | Posted in BCM, candy, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 10 Comments
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chocolate truffles

My mom used to make her own Chocolate Truffles every year and bring them with us to Christmas dinner at Grandma’s house. They were delicious…soft, creamy and rich…and boozy with Cognac, too. Not so child-friendly, but it was a once-a-year treat, so we’ll cut her some slack. Also, it was the ’80s, so no one cared. Why my mother has stopped making these, I am not sure, but I wanted to recreate them myself with this recipe.  I added in a glug of Cognac to the ganache and rolled the truffles in cocoa powder, just like she did.

At the restaurant where I work, I’m the chocolatier (it always embarrasses me to say that, btw). I make primarily molded chocolates and piped decorations but I’ve learned to work with chocolatey stuff pretty quickly. I even manage to keep my jacket and apron mostly clean these days (the bowl that I work from is often another story). If you have “hot hands” you may find the truffle rolling process frustrating and super messy.  Using a little cookie scoop can help to preshape them before rolling them in your hands. Food-safe gloves help with the mess, too.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Such a lovely gift idea!

  2. Lovely truffles! I like the idea of boozy ones too! I’ve only made truffles once a long time ago, and it was pretty messy!

  3. ” If you have “hot hands” you may find the truffle rolling process frustrating and super messy.” Um, I’m making these with Grade 3 next week! I’ll let you know how it goes (cookie scoops at the ready!)

  4. Your truffles look decadent. I have always wondered how they manage to inject liquor in the truffles!!! You are probably laughing but not everyone is lucky enough to have a mum who knows how to make boozy truffles. 🙂

  5. So nice that these brought back memories for you! I must have hot hands because mine were melting haha! I got quicker as I worked 🙂

    • …and boy…I think I would enjoy a job as a chocolatier!! Although it would be tough to be around all that chocolate and not eat it haha!

  6. I am going to have to bring home some gloves from work, sounds like a good idea. Not sure I will have time to buy a little scoop. Your truffles look great and nice Christmas memories.

  7. Delightful! Would be dangerous to keep around for me:)

  8. Ok I have had the ganache in the fridge for 24 hours an it’s nowhere near “firm”. Wondering what I am doing wrong. I piped them out and put them in the freezer but they still won’t firm up enough to roll. It’s more like ganache I would use to sandwich macarons. Any hints?

    • That’s so weird…mine was very firm. I’d try melting it down and adding a bit more chocolate. Or if I didn’t feel like fiddling with it, I’d use it as ice cream sauce (or macaron filling!) and make new.

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