Monday, 30 May 2011

Trufflemania - chocolate liqueur and chocolate truffles

I was very excited when the Heavenly Housewife of Donuts to Delirium invited me to make truffles with her. She and Steve of weirdcombinations came up with this fantastic idea.  There are a few other bloggers that have also participated in this challenge so please visit them as well. 

I have made oreo truffles previously which were amazingly delicious but never plain chocolate truffles.  The recipe provided is by Ina Garten but we were allowed to make any changes to the recipe to make it our own.   I made 2 versions - 1 plain and 1 with chocolate liqueur which I bought from Bruges when I was there earlier this year. 

As it was also my friend's birthday, I decided to make these as a gift for her (amongst other baked goodies which I will blog about later). I got a lovely box from Paperchase, filled it with tissue and home made truffles and finished it with a big silver bow :) I was really pleased with how they turned out in the end and they tasted wonderful! Happy birthday P! 

 chop chocolate 

 heat cream 

 stir until chocolate is melted 

 yummy truffle

 chocolate liqueur

 my little truffles :) 

 rolled in dessicated coconut

 rolled in cocoa powder

 rolled in icing sugar

 a beautiful gift for a lovely friend :) 

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten
227g good quality dark chocolate
227g good quality milk chocolate
250mls cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons liqueur
icing sugar
cocoa powder
dessicated coconut

  • Chop the chocolates finely with a sharp knife. 
  • Place them in a heat proof mixing bowl.
  • Heat the cream in a small saucepan until it just boils. 
  • Turn off the heat and allow the cream to sit for 20 seconds. 
  • Pour the cream through a fine-meshed sieve into the bowl with chocolate.
  • With a wire whisk, slowly stir the cream and chocolates together until the chocolate is completely melted. 
  • Whisk in the liqueur, if using and vanilla extract. 
  • Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • With 2 teaspoons, spoon round balls of the chocolate mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes until firm. 
  • Roll each dollop of chocolate in your hands to roughly make a round ball.
  • Roll in icing sugar, cocoa powder or dessicated coconut. 
  • These will keep refrigerated for weeks, but serve at room temperature. 


  1. OH MY! Oreo truffles sound fabulous! I am noting this recipe down immediately.

  2. Bravo- lovely truffles and wonderful combinations!

  3. You know, I look at your lovely truffles and some of the others in the truffle mania challenge and I am envious. Why didn't I plan ahead and get the cute little truffle wrappers?!?

    Seriously though, your friend is really lucky to have you. Homemade truffles are an incredible gift. Yours look especially tasty. Thanks for participating in the challenge. I will bookmark your blog. And thanks for your kind comments about my irregular truffle attempt. Cheers!

  4. Your truffles came out beautifully. I LOVE Oreos. I am drying to try making oreo truffles too, they have been on my "make" list for ages. The other truffles are simply lovely :). I am so thrilled you decided to join us with the truffle making. It's been so much fun.
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. am slightly jealous of your friend who gets to e at those ;)

  5. I am drooling over your beautiful truffles!! Love how you added chocolate liqueur for an extra boost of chocolate. :-) Looking forward to following your blog!

  6. What a fun idea! Your truffle flavour combinations sound absolutely delicious :D

  7. Thanks! wow you have been busy, the oreo ones and coconut ones would have been my fave. I love the way you put them in all different coloured cute!

  8. These truffles are so tempting in their little fancy paper jackets! I will check out this liqueur asap!

  9. Don't you love baking as a gift? I would have loved getting these! I should have thought about rolling mine in coconut. Yum!

  10. It really can be fun to cook with other people. The truffles look and sound incredibly delicious. I'm tempted to try them, but I have to make sure there are enough people in the house to keep me from eating them all by myself. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary


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