½ cup heavy cream
1 ½ Tbs light corn syrup
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
½ tsp vanilla extract
Truffle coating options:
Sifted cocoa powder with ground cinnamon
Almonds or pecans-toasted and finely ground
Cinnamon Sugar and Cayenne Pepper-a pinch or two of cayenne is all you need
Dehydrated fruit powder-raspberry, blueberry, strawberry
- In a medium saucepan, bring the cream and corn syrup to a simmer. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium bowl and pour the hot cream and corn syrup over it. Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla and butter. Place the bowl in the refrigerator until firm, about 1 hour.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop up level tablespoons of the ganache and drop them onto the parchment. You can also use a truffle scoop. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
- If you prefer a more "natural" truffle look, no need to roll the truffles before coating. If you like a more rounded appearance, use your hands, roll each mound of ganache into a ball; you may have to cool your hands in ice water periodically while you work to cool them down.
Roll 1 truffle at a time into 1 of the coatings. Refrigerate coated truffles for an additional 30 minutes to set. Truffles are best served at room temperature.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles:
Add 1/2 teaspoon good quality cinnamon to the heavy cream while it simmers. Stir in 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter into the melted chocolate with the vanilla and the butter. Make your truffles as above and sprinkle with a pinch of flaked salt.