5 Days of Gifts!..Day 1 Chocolate Truffles

   

Christmas is next week! Ah! Are you ready?  Is all your shopping done?  Well, if you need some gift ideas, I am here to help this week.  Each day this week I will post a delicious recipe that will make a great gift!

First up are Chocolate Truffles.  These truffles are insanely good!  They are so rich and have an incredible chocolate flavor. They’re not to sweet thanks to the mix of semi sweet and bitter sweet chocolate.  I also love to make truffles because you can get really creative with the toppings!  Nuts and toasted coconut are my favorite, but you could also roll them in crushed candy canes, raw coconut, any nut really, and if you are really feeling fancy, dip them in melted chocolate to make a hard outer shell!

Package these in a nice tin or in those Christmas cellophane bags and you have yourself a wonderful gift!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
4 oz bar bittersweet chocolate
4 oz bar semisweet chocolate
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings:
1/4 cup toasted coconut, finely chopped
1/4 cup toasted walnuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Yields 15 truffles

Chop the chocolate bars into thin pieces, the smaller the pieces, the nicer the chocolate will melt.  Put the chocolate in a glass bowl.

  
    

Heat the cream over low heat.  Allow the cream to get hot, but not to boil.  Steam should come off the cream, then its ready. 

Hold a fine mesh sieve over the chocolate and poor the cream through the sieve.
  

Whisk to melt the chocolate.  Add in the vanilla and continue to whisk until the chocolate is fully melted.

  
    

Place the bowl of chocolate in the fridge for 45 minutes.

While the chocolate is in the fridge prepare the toppings.

Put the walnuts in a cool, dry skillet. Cook for a few minutes over medium low heat, stirring frequently, to toast.

    

Put the walnuts in a small bowl.

Put the coconut in the same dry skillet. Cook for a few minutes over medium low heat, stirring frequently, to toast.
    

Place the coconut in a small bowl.  Place the cocoa powder in a small bowl.

When the chocolate has cooled for 45 minutes its ready to scoop!

Use a small cookie scoop to make the truffles.  You could also do this with two spoons, but the cookie scoop makes it really easy.    
    

Roll the chocolate in your desired toppings.  Allow the truffles to chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before packaging.
  

Enjoy!

  
   

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