Truffles As a Romantic Gesture

Truffles As a Romantic Gesture

Truffles are easy to make, and create a wonderful romantic gesture when given to someone you care about. Whether you wrap them in a pretty tin, or serve them after a light dinner, they add to the atmospere. For the chocolate lover they are the perfect gift! We have several recipes for you to choose from that will bring smiles and hugs.

~Chocolate Truffles~

Ingredients:


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 1/3 cups confectioners sugar

1/2 cup cocoa

1/4 cup heavy or whipping cream

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Centers: pecan, walnuts, whole almonds or after-dinner mints

Coatings: coconut, crushed nuts,confectioners sugar

Cream butter in large mixer bowl. Combine 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar and the cocoa; add alternately with cream and vanilla to butter. Blend well. Chill until firm. Shape small amount of mixture around desired center; roll into 1 inch balls. Drop into desired coating and turn until well covered. Chill until firm. Makes about 3 dozen truffles.

~Chocolate Covered Truffles~

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1 1/2 pounds real semisweet chocolate

3/4 cup non-dairy coffee creamer, any flavor

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 pounds real milk chocolate for dipping

1 cup finely chopped chocolate, milk or semisweet for decoration

Melt semisweet chocolate in double boiler over hot water. Heat butter, creamer and vanilla in another saucepan to 125 degrees on a candy thermometer. Add to semisweet chocolate all at once, beating until smooth and creamy. Chill in refrigerator until nearly set but still pliable. Beat with mixer until light and fluffy. Spread in 9 inch buttered pan until set enough to roll into ball; dip in melted chocolate. Sprinkle generously, or roll in, chopped chocolate.

~Peanut Butter and Chocolate Truffles~

Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter chips

3/4 cup butter

1/2 cup cocoa

1(14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon vanilla

Coatings: crushed graham cracker crumbs, confectioners sugar or crushed nuts

In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt chips with butter. Stir in cocoa until smooth. Add condensed milk and vanilla. Cook and stir until thickened and well blended, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Chill until firm enough to handle. Shape into 1 inch balls. Roll in desired coating. Chill until firm. Store, covered in refrigerator. Makes about 3 dozen.

White Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

1 tsp. almond extract

1 egg yolk

8 ounces white chocolate, broken into small pieces



1 cup chopped blanched almonds, lightly toasted

Confectioners sugar

Melt chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add sugar, egg yolk and almond extract; beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Transfer to a shallow glass casserole dish. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour. Shape mixture into 1 inch balls;roll in almonds. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours. Place in miniature foil cups at room temperature to serve. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Makes about 2 dozen truffles.

Gift Giving Notes: Small foil cups can be bought at stores where they carry candy making supplies. You can then buy romantic themed tins and place the truffles in one layer in the tin. Place cellophane wrap in the bottom of the tin first, and leave enough to bring it up and over the top of the truffles before closing tin. Wrap with a gold ribbon and a matching gift tag for giving. If serving the truffles after dinner, place the small foil cups on a doily lined plate.

About the author

Brenda Hyde is a wife and Mom of three, a freelance writer, bookseller and editor of Seeds of Knowledge. For more recipes and cooking tidbits subscribe to Tea Time Tidbits by sending any email to teatimetidbits-subscribe@egroups.com

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