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GIVE THEM FOOD...and other ways to cope with life

Oct. 7, 2009 2:01 pm 
Updated: Nov. 12, 2009 5:27 pm
Chocolate is complicated.  I'm not talking about the chocolate chip kind of chocolate or the melting wavers type...I'm talking about the high cocoa percentage, needs to be tempered and handled with kid gloves type of artisan chocolate.  When Holiday time arrives or you just want a quick hostess gift, this Chocolate Truffle recipe will perform beautifully for you without tempering or fussing.  If you want to attempt the artisan chocolates I would suggest taking a course or at least finding an on line video to help you.....and make sure you have lots of time...as in don't commit to making 200 truffles for a friend's party  a few days before!   Oh yeah, done that.

I use Merken's Chocolate Melting Wafers....easy, pretty good taste and reasonable price to make.Neilson's makes a good wafer as does Peter's.

Easy Chocolate Truffles  (20)

For the Ganache (center)

6 oz Merken's Milk Chocolate
1/4 Cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 Cup unsalted butter
1 TBSP liqueur (Grand Marnier) or 1/4 tsp liquid candy flavoring or pure vanilla
*Gently melt butter and cream and bring just to a boil...pull off heat and immediately add milk chocolate wafers, stirring to melt
*add liqueur or flavoring
*pour into small bowl and refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.  (if working with more than one flavor, mark your ganache according to flavor0

For the Coating

8 oz Merken's Dark Chocolate Wafers.....milk doesn't cover as well

For the Drizzle

4 oz Merken's White Chocolate

**use a melon ball scooper to scoop out balls of ganache onto parchment or wax paper  (if you are working with more than one flavor, mark your parchment paper squares according to flavor)
*gentlly melt your dark chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave....30 seconds, then stir and repeat until a smooth consistancy is obtained..(there should still be a little bit of lumps as you stir for the last time)
*using a fork, gently lift the ganache balls one at a time into the dipping chocolate...gently roll to cover and lift out with fork..let slide easily onto parchment trying not to leave any fork marks
* let truffles harden at room temperature
**for the drizzle, melt white chocolate in the microwave on 50% power 30 sec, stir, then 10 sec at a time until smooth.white chocolate needs slower heat
**dip fork into white chocolate and fling back and forth over the trufles to create a striped pattern
**let harden at room temp.( you can sprinkle crushed nuts onto wet truffles instead)

You can buy some chocolate paper cups and candy boxes at www.sugarcraft.com .  Box them and give as gifts.....or just eat them!

Tips on any chocolate

1.  don't get your chocolate anywhere near water...not even one drop or it will  seize up on you
2.  melt chocolate slowly ..check for smoothness often , if you have to return it to the microwave, do 5 second intervals....if it seizes up, sorry but you have to start again...have extra choc on hand
3. use different colored wafers to drizzle according to your flavor...ie:green for mint.
4. don't box mint with other flavors, it's dominant flavor gets into the others
5.  When you present your chocolate gift you must say " There's nothing better in life that a good friend, except of course a good friend with chocolate!"
Oct. 7, 2009 5:11 pm
I am saving this. What a lovely gift idea for those who you wish to acknowlege, but not embarass with a "bought" present. Thanks for sharing.
Oct. 7, 2009 5:17 pm
Thanks for the recipe and hints....there's nothing more decadent than a great truffle. And best of luck with your cookbook!
Oct. 7, 2009 7:41 pm
Wow! Those sound delicious, but very time intensive. They would definitely make great holiday gifts!
Oct. 8, 2009 3:42 am
Hi!Thanks for sharing your fantastic recipes to all of us here.Anyway I just want to know, do you get paid by companies for the advertisements beside your blogs?Pls let me know cause I need some extra income and that will definitely be a big help.Many tanks
frigid midget 
Oct. 8, 2009 3:30 pm
I am new to this. How do I get a recipe for old fashioned buckwheat pan cakes that uses yeast and sets overnight to rise. frigid midget
Oct. 8, 2009 3:58 pm
Thank you! Christmas here I come! Do you know where I could buy the Merken's chocolate? I have never heard of it.
Oct. 8, 2009 6:22 pm
Mat...LOL do I wish I got paid for the mention of dif products!!...no sadly I don't. I just like to pass on products and sources that have worked for me...... He's not the apple...yes you can get it at www.sugarcraft.com or if you have a candy or cake supply store near you you could try that. fridgit....I have some vintage cookbooks I'll look in. have you search AR and google?Check back here and I'll see what i can find for you.
Oct. 8, 2009 6:33 pm
* 1 cup buckwheat flour * 1/2 cup all-purpose flour * 3 tablespoons granulated sugar * 1 1/4 teaspoons salt * 1 teaspoon active dry yeast * 2 cups warm water * 1/4 cup bacon drippings or butter * 1/4 teaspoon baking soda Preparation: In large mixing bowl stir together flours, sugar, and salt. Dissolve yeast in warm water then stir into flour mixture. Stir in bacon drippings. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour, then cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning stir in baking soda. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto hot greased griddle. Cook each pancake until bubbles form around edges of top, then turn and brown the other side. Serve hot. Makes about 18 pancakes.
Oct. 8, 2009 6:35 pm
fridgid midget....above post is a recipe for yeast buckwheat pancakes. I did find one in my vintage cookbook but the it used a yeast cake and the conversion was a little complicated. This is one I found on the web. I have not tried it but it sounds good. Hope that helps!
Oct. 9, 2009 8:52 am
This sounds so decadent and easy and I love truffles especially during the Christmas season. I saved the recipe and will definitely be trying them.
Oct. 30, 2009 6:23 am
hello everyone, does anybody know how cocojo' dad is doing?...she hasn't been on here for a while, so i guess he isn't doing well, just wondering how she's doing
Nov. 12, 2009 5:27 pm
Thanks Judy.... how sweet of you..hope you caught up with me in recent blogs
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Loving life at 50ish. Kids are gone and I'm focusing on my career! I enjoyed running a chocolate truffle business for 3 years and now teach adults and children about chocolate. I also teach hands on cooking classes at a local cooking school and am writing my first cookbook! Please visit me at my blog www.allrecipes.com/cook/givethemfood
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