The Christmas stash of chocolate goodies is long gone and I've been battling the urge to get some more for about a week now. I finally decided today to try out a Chocolate Truffle recipe that I found on the Food Network.
Here's the thing about me and recipes....I like to use them but I always corrupt them. I seem to have this desire to deviate from the tried and true to see what I come up with. Sometimes this works really well and sometimes it doesn't. Today's results are still undecided. While the end product is wonderful, the trial of getting there was a little more adventuresome than I had planned.
My first deviation was substituting Kahlua liquor for the brandy. Now this was a good thing since I think the brandy would have been way too strong.
My second deviation occurred when the recipe called to chill the chocolate mixture and then use a melon baller to scoop out balls to roll in your hands. This sounded far too messy and I figured I had a brilliant idea. I would pour the mixture into these cute little ice cube trays and freeze them. Once they had frozen hard, I could then just pop them out. Sounds reasonable, right? Wrong!
Hours later I am at a loss as to how on earth I'm going to get the chocolates out of the tray. It seems I didn't take into account the Kahlua....alcohol doesn't freeze very well! Something I inconveniently forgot.
So here I am melting the mix in the microwave and scooping it out with a baby spoon into a measuring cup. I'm pretty much covered in chocolate by now and not quite sure what to do.
Along comes the next idea...thankfully this one works. I lined a small rectangular pan with foil and poured the mixture into that. Then I placed it into the fridge until it was firm. Once it was hard enough to cut, I cubed it up into bite size squares and froze them.
I didn't want to cover the truffles in both chocolate and cocoa powder/nuts,etc. as the recipe called for....I wanted them covered in just plain chocolate with a sprinkle of raw sugar. So that's what I did.
Once again, I deviated. The maker of the recipe talks about making sure the chocolate will 'snap' when you bite into it but to be honest, I hate that. When I bite into a chocolate, I don't want to be worried about all the outside pieces flying off and onto the floor. I just melted it with 2 tablespoons of butter until it was glossy and started dipping.
By the time I was done, I was again covered in chocolate. I won't lie....since these were just for us, I licked my fingers....a lot! My kids don't care and if they had been there, there would have been quite a bit of chocolate sneaking going on.
As a result of all that finger licking, I now feel quite ill. I couldn't even eat one of the finished truffles but I am assured that they are Divine. My teenagers are currently eating them all up!!
**Note - If you're feeling up to making Chocolate Truffles, just follow the link at the beginning of this entry.