How to make chocolate truffle balls
When you know how to make chocolate truffle balls you have an easy dessert treatSome would say chocolate truffle balls are little pieces of heaven. Truffles are truly decadent; they place chocolate on top of chocolate and can surely satisfy any craving you might have for cocoa. Buying your own truffles can get expensive, particularly because they aren't too difficult to make.
Once you know how to make chocolate truffle balls, you'll never have to suffer through a chocolate withdrawal again.
Chop up 10 ounces of gourmet bittersweet chocolate, then place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and turn it on for about 30 seconds. Stir the chocolate, then place it in again for another 30 seconds.
Pour ½ cup of heavy cream and 1 tbsp. of light corn syrup into a small pot and allow them to come to a simmer.
Pour the cream and corn syrup combination over the melted chocolate and allow the mixture to sit for two minutes. Then stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula by starting in the middle and moving the spatula in circles, working outward, until all of the chocolate is mixed together. Pour ¼ cup of Brandy into the chocolate, mix it together, then pour it all into an 8-by-8 inch glass baking dish. Set the dish in the refrigerator and allow it to chill for one hour.
Use a melon baller to make small balls from the chocolate. Place the truffles on a piece of parchment paper, then allow them to cool inside the fridge for another 30 minutes.
Now you'll need to melt the chocolate for the outside of the truffles.
To do this, place a medium-sized glass bowl on top of another bowl that has been lined with a cooking heating pad. Set the pad to medium and pour eight ounces of chocolate into the bowl that sits on top. Monitor the temperature of the chocolate with a candy thermometer and make sure it stays between 90 and 92 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove the cooled truffles from the fridge and roll them between your palms to round them out and shape them into balls. Then coat them with the melted chocolate. You can do this by using your fingers and rolling the balls around until they are entirely covered. You can also cover the balls by placing an ice cream scoop in the chocolate and turning it upside down so that the excess drips off. Place the truffle inside the scoop and roll it around in the chocolate.
You can now decide which topping you want your truffles to be covered in. Common choices are cocoa powder, nuts and coconut flakes. However, you can use whatever you would like, including small cookie crumbs. Roll the truffle around in the coating for about 10 to 15 seconds, then remove the balls and set them on parchment paper. When you're finished, place them on the parchment paper or in an airtight container and allow them to chill for about 1 hour.
Although truffles taste good in just about any way, truffle purists often say they taste best when they are at room temperature. Therefore, it's up to you whether you want to keep them in the fridge or not. However, they should be kept in a sealed container either way.
Truffles are a delicious treat for just about any occasion. Holidays are often marked by the serving of truffles and some even give these chocolate treats as presents. You can also keep the truffles on hand for anytime and eat them when you start to get a chocolate craving. And when you know how to make chocolate truffle balls, you can please a crowd just as well as you can please yourself with these delectable delights.
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