CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES I
French-style chocolate confectionery
For those of you who are crazy enough about chocolate to go to the
extremes that I do, here is the recipe for the chocolate truffles that I
make. The formula is taken from Paul Bocuse's French Cooking,
but the directions are my own.
Ingredients(5 pounds of truffles)
- 3 lb chocolate
(semi-sweet or semi-bittersweet)
- 4 cups very heavy cream
- 1/2 lb sweet butter
(i.e. unsalted butter)
- cocoa powder
Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Do not cook the
chocolate. This should be done SLOWLY over minimum heat.
Boil the cream. Once the chocolate is completely melted, and the cream just
boiled, combine in the top of the double boiler.
Take off the top pan from the water, and (off heat) mix until completely
combined. Keep stirring until it is
relatively cool. Allow to sit until it is cool enough to put into a
Refrigerate overnight (NO SHORT CUTS HERE!!!).
The next morning, melt this wonderful mixture again in a double
boiler. When it is completely melted again, mix in the butter until
it is completely absorbed. Whip, either with a hand whisk or a very
slow electric gizmo, until the butter is completely absorbed and the
mixture is cool again. This can take an hour or longer, depending
upon the chocolate, etc. Let cool, and refrigerate overnight once
more (this is not as critical as the first cooling; a few hours will be
Heat once again, and whip until cool. Refrigerate until it is thick enough
to pipe through a pastry bag. Using a
ozzle, make little balls on a
big piece of parchment paper that has cocoa powder spread on it. Roll in
the powder. Keep chilled until just before serving.
Let them return to just above room temperature before eating.
If you like Grand Marnier or Kahlua or rum or whatever in your chocolate,
the last melting (step 6) is the time to add. I think it's a small but
forgivable sin myself.
I recommend Guittard chocolate. You can buy their semisweet chips in
bags. You can also buy it in
bars. You can also buy
big bars of Guittards "French Vanilla Semi bittersweet" which is so
good you might eat all of it before you cook with it. Guittard makes five
types of bittersweet if you like you chocolate really bitter
Use genuine, real-live, honest "heavy cream" and not ultrapasteurized
whipping cream. Try a wholesale dairy.
I only use Challenge sweet butter. Under no circumstances should you use
anything but unsalted butter in this recipe.
I use Hershey's Cocoa. Still the best for my taste.
quite difficult (melting the chocolate 3 times requires tremendous care).
3 or 4 hours of preparation during a 3-day period.
measure the ingredients.
Recipe last modified: 10 Feb 86
From: MO@SU-CSLI (Maurice Bizzarri)
Subject: RECIPE: Chocolate Truffles I
Date: 28 Feb 86 05:10:24 GMT
Organization: Bizzarri Computing, Palo Alto, CA
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