Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Spicy chocolate truffles, if you still miss Christmas

A part of my holiday gifts were these spicy chocolate truffles. They were a bit different from truffles I'd made before because the filling was softer, silkier. With 2007 and all the Christmas mumbojumbo gone, spicy desserts still make their appearances in our kitchen. All year round, actually, all year round...

So for me any time is right for writing about a truffle with a taste of Christmas.

Spiced chocolate truffles

125 g dark chocolate
125 g milk chocolate
1/2 dl light cream
juice of one orange
75 g sugar
50 g butter

flavouring options for 1/3 of the mixture
1/4 tsp ground aniseed
1/8 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon + 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp Cointreau

about 250 g dark chocolate
50 g milk chocolate, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cloves, aniseed, nuts...
  1. Break chocolate to pieces
  2. Bring cream, orange juice and sugar to a boil together and add to the chocolate, stirring until incorporated well.
  3. Add butter and mix well.
  4. Divide the mixture into 3 parts and choose a flavouring option for every one of them. Let the new mixtures stand in the fridge for some 30 minutes.
  5. Make balls or other shapes (you might want to distinguish the different flavours) of the mixtures and let them harden in the fridge.
  6. Melt dark chocolate over a waterbath and dip all the truffles into the chocolate, then let them harden on a non-stick surface like foil.
  7. Decorate truffles with different flavour differently. You can roll them in powdered sugar or cocoa powder or decorate them with melted milk chocolate. Before hardening you can add cloves on top of clove truffles, aniseed on top of aniseed truffles or just different nuts.

I made truffles flavoured with aniseed, cloves and cardamom/cinnamon. Loved them all! The flavours came through very well and I just couldn't help but pick the aniseed ones.
I really liked the softer filling and it surprised me every time I bit into a truffle. All the superhigh gigaquality truffles that cost a lot of money are usually a lot harder to bite in, for whatever reason. Everyone needs a change, right?

But it was a bit hard to form the balls so I kept running between the stove and the freezer! I guess it's good to combine running with chocolate once in a while...


Patricia Scarpin said...

I love making truffles but don't make them as much as I would like to.Love your recipe!

Evelin said...

Patricia, thank you! Making truffles is like therapy, I'd say. All the scent of chocolate that seems to stick onto everything...who wouldn't love that?

Tartelette said...

I Love your recipe! I keep the tradition of making truffles for Christmas and I always glad to find a new tempting recipe!
I am also very heppy that you are my adoptee in the "Adopt a Blogger" event!

Megan said...

I love your flavors! I made truffles at Christmas and I loved the one with chipotle and cinnomon!

Evelin said...

tartelette, when I was planning my sweet christmas gifts, there was only one thing I knew for sure - they had to contain chocolate truffles! now that's tradition I could keep!

megan, chipotle and cinnamon sounds like a great combination. "Hot" chocolate is a wonderful thing - you can't eat much at a time!

rhid said...

The combination of spices sounds fascinating. So you didn't combine the flavors but made them individually? I guess they'd be pretty overwhelming otherwise - they do look tasty!

Evelin said...

rhid, I'm sure they'd make an interesting combination, but mixing them in separately really had a great plus point - variety;)