This dark chocolate ganache truffle recipe will take you step by step to make the most delicious and easy French chocolate truffles that will have you looking like a total pro.
Chocolate ganache truffles are one of my favorite things to gift! Such an easy treat to make and at the same time so delicious, rich, and decadent: perfect for a homemade valentine's day gift! Or any other kind of gift really: my sweet neighbor went on a trip for a couple of days, and she came back with a present for Leon, my son. So, we made traditional French dark chocolate truffles as a big thank you! This is an easy chocolate ganache truffle recipe, that will make you look like a real pro! Hope you like them! If you are more into chocolate cakes, then this Chocolate Fudge Cake is for you!
They are a chocolate confectionery made of chocolate ganache, covered in cacao powder.
Traditional truffles are made of dark chocolate; however, you can flavor the ganache with whatever you like and make a rum truffle, or a chocolate and raspberry truffle por example.
Their name comes from the similarity it holds to the other truffles: the edible fungi. Which are also delicious!
Whipping cream: must be whole fat cream: over 35 % of fat content.
Glucose syrup or corn syrup: it is important because it act as an anti-crystalizing (keeps the ganache from getting too hard).
Butter: unsalted and with over 82% fat content.
Cacao powder: also use a good quality cacao, that has no sugar in it. I use Valrhona or Callebaut Cocoa Powder.
Gloves: you will need gloves to roll the truffles into spherical shape.
A chocolate dipping fork: if you don't have one, you can use a 2 skewers or a very thin dessert fork.
This chocolate truffle recipe is easy and very straightforward! When making these little balls of heaven there are 3 main steps you need to follow:
There are some important steps you must follow:
You should temper chocolate when coating sweets or candies because otherwise the chocolate will not solidify when back and room temperature and will melt in your hands. On the contrary if you use tempered chocolate it will solidify and shine once it is back at room temperature.
Tempering chocolate is not difficult, you do need a thermometer though. It is the process of heating chocolate, then bringing the temperature back down, and then up again to stabilize it and be able to coat candies and confections without the chocolate melting in your hands.
Each kind of chocolate follows its own tempering curve, in this case, the dark chocolate curve is as follows:
If you want to know more on tempering please check this video and detailed explanation How-To Temper Chocolate.
If you do not want to trouble yourself with tempering chocolate (totally get it) you have 2 options:
These traditional dark chocolate truffles should be kept at room temperature. They last for up to two weeks.
They also keep well if stored in little plastic bags to gift someone.
If you want to keep in the refrigerator, they will last for up to 2 months.
If you want to flavor the French chocolate truffles with alcohol like whisky or rum, you can! All you need to do is add 5% of the total recipe weight of whisky or rum in with the chopped chocolate.
For this recipe, you should add 35 g of your favorite alcohol!
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