Friday, February 6, 2009

Truffles

In 2 weeks, my friend is getting married and I offered to make something sweet for their reception. Whatever I decide to make, i need to make A LOT. There will be 400 people or so at the wedding, so I'm guessing a good number of desserts will be 500-600. I'm quite overwhelmed at this points. A few weeks ago (sorry for the late post) I thought truffles might be the easiest dessert, so I made two kinds to let the bride and groom taste. I think both recipes are delicious and pretty easy to make, except not easy enough if I want to make hundreds.
The first recipe I made was a basic truffle recipe from AllRecipes.com
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

It was a huge hassle trying to make them into balls. I let the truffles cool in a bowl and then later i tried to scoop them out with my mini cookie scoop to make them uniform. they would not scoop out without me using another spoon to take it out. I should try cooling it in a jelly roll pan and cutting them after measuring them with a ruler like Chuck Seigel did on the Martha Stewart show. Then when i tried to roll them, they started to melt immediately in my hands.

The other recipe I made were for "fake truffles," but AllRecipes.com calls them Easy Decadent Truffles
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
I still had a hard time scooping these ones out, (i used a measuring spoon and regular spoon). These were easier to roll in my hands because they didn't melt so fast. Both kinds of truffles I covered in cocoa and in crushed almonds. I think it would be easier if I had a 2nd pair of hands because once they are hand rolled and warm, they stick to the nuts easier. That way someone could roll and someone could cover them in nuts instead of me rolling a few, washing my hands, then rolling them in nuts. I would rather dip these in chocolate, but they will take too long, plus I'm not the greatest at tempering. Also, I want these fresh, and I am off the Friday before the wedding so I only have one day to make these.

2 comments:

schoolgirl said...

How funny. I was thinking of making Truffles for Remo for Valentines day.

kimbalaya said...

Probably not good enough for a wedding reception, but Oreo Truffles are so easy and yummy! You use a food pro and chop up Oreo cookies and cream cheese until it makes kind of a paste. It rolls up so nicely into balls and then you dip it into chocolate or white chocolate. Google the recipe, I'm sure you can find it!

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