Cooking Classics: Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

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The Technique

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

Good, basic quality chocolate will have a short ingredient list. Chocolate liquor is the cocoa mass derived from the cocoa beans & cocoa butter is essentially the fat. The remaining ingredients include sugar, vanilla & soy lecithin which is an emulsifier. Tempering chocolate tends to send beginner candy makers in search of alternative solutions. It is a procedure whereby cocoa butter is crystalized at the correct temperature along with consistent stirring so that the chocolate has a professional, uniform appearance when it sets. If you have ever opened a chocolate bar & noticed a splotchy look over the surface more the likely the chocolate became too warm during transit & when it solidified again, the cocoa butter bloomed over the surface. It will taste the same & can still be consumed but when you are interested in handcrafting a few dozen Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles, you’ll want to be certain to learn the correct method for melting chocolate that is already tempered while maintaining a delicate balance to ensure a lovely appearance. Hone your skills & put aside the shortening for good. Patience is the secret for preparing truffles with snap & those of quality. Learn the technique to make them in your own kitchen.

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makes 32 truffles

1 {10-oz} package bittersweet chocolate morsels, divided
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
2 Tbsp coffee liqueur
    1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Place 6-ounces of the chocolate in a medium glass bowl. Heat the cream & the butter in a small saucepan just until steamy, bubbles form around the pan sides & the butter begins to melt. Remove from the heat. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate. Let stand 1 minute & begin whisking the mixture until smooth. Just before completely blended, whisk in the liqueur. Stop stirring the mixture when it becomes thickened, glossy & smooth. Chill 3 hours or until firm. 

Portion the chocolate mixture by level teaspoons & roll them into balls. Place them onto a parchment paper-lined pan. Do not chill. Melt 3-ounces of chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave on High power at 15 second intervals, stirring gently, between each burst of heat until the chocolate reaches a temperature of 88 to 90 degrees & no higher than 94 degrees. It will take about 5 or 6 times. Add the remaining 1-ounce of chocolate a little bit at a time during this process to cool the chocolate so it will remain tempered & produce a snap when eaten. Check the temperature after each cooking phase using a digital thermometer. 

Combine the cocoa powder & the cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip the truffles in the melted chocolate. Dip them again in the cocoa mixture & move them around. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Let stand at room temperature until firm, about 20 minutes. Store the truffles in the refrigerator. Allow them to come up to room temperature before serving for the best flavor & texture.

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Many avoid coating the ganache like filling mixture & simply roll them in cocoa powder or crushed toasted nuts but authentic truffles are dipped in tempered chocolate first before they are rolled in toppings or sometimes not at all. The shortcuts used to address this include adding a little shortening to thin the mixture & placing them in the refrigerator to set so that when it solidifies again, the chocolate has a uniform appearance. What you loose though is the texture & flavor of a quality truffle– the undeniable snap of the outer chocolate shell followed by the decadent, creamy filling bite after bite plus if that’s the route you’re going to take, you may as well settle for dipping them in a commercial candy coating as you’ll be sacrificing good taste as well. If you melt good tempered chocolate for coating the truffles very slowly & keep a constant monitor on the temperature, it can be used to dip a few dozen morsels without error.

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 A few key pieces of equipment will be needed in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe instructions before beginning. Here’s what you should know.

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The Blending Procedure

Place 6-ounces of the chocolate in a medium glass bowl. Heat the cream & the butter in a small saucepan just until steamy, bubbles form around the pan sides & the butter begins to melt. Remove from the heat. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate. Let stand 1 minute.

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Begin whisking the mixture until smooth. Just before completely blended, whisk in the liqueur. 

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Once the liqueur has been added, the mixture will become thin then it will become increasingly thicker.

As chocolate brands & percentages may melt differently if you find that the morsels are still holding their shape, place the mixture in the microwave & heat it for several seconds on High power. Be certain the bowl is safe to use in the microwave.   

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Stop stirring the mixture when it becomes thickened, glossy & smooth. Chill 3 hours or until firm. 

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The Portioning

Portion the chocolate mixture by level teaspoons & roll them into balls. Use clean hands or disposable gloves to complete the task. Place them onto a parchment paper-lined pan. Do not chill. 

The truffles will crack once the chocolate becomes firm if the rolled balls of ganache are chilled before dipping them into the tempered chocolate for coating.

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The Dipping Chocolate & The Coating

Once melted, the chocolate will have a thick texture & it may even feel cool as tempered chocolate should register below body temperature– between 88 & 90 degrees for bittersweet. If you have access to food grade cocoa butter, a little may be added to melted chocolate to thin it. Cocoa butter is solid at room temperature so the texture would not be compromised. 

Melt 3-ounces of chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave on High power at 15 second intervals, stirring gently, between each burst of heat until the chocolate reaches a temperature of between 88 to 90 degrees & no higher than 94 degrees. It will take about 5 or 6 times. Add the remaining 1-ounce of chocolate a little bit at a time during this process to cool the chocolate so it will remain tempered & produce a snap when eaten. Check the temperature after each cooking phase using a digital thermometer. 

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Combine the cocoa powder & the cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip the truffles in the melted chocolate. Dip them again in the cocoa mixture & move them around. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Let stand at room temperature until firm, about 20 minutes. Gently rewarm & check the temperature of the chocolate as needed during the dipping process.

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The Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

Store the truffles in the refrigerator. Allow them to come up to room temperature before serving for the best flavor & texture.

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