Saturday

Orange Chocolate Truffle

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The holidays have always been a time when a little indulgence isn’t too bad.....especially if the treat is a rich and creamy chocolate truffle.

Named based on their resemblance in appearance to the French mushroom like fungus, Chocolate truffles have become identical with comfort and extravagant flavor experiences.

By definition, a truffle is considered a chocolate confection with a ganache center enveloped in milk , white or dark chocolate or simply cocoa powder.

The Swiss version of the truffle contains melted chocolate, cream and butter and is rolled into cocoa powder. I came across a simpler version of the recipe for the Swiss Truffle in Extending the table: A world community cookbook by Joetta Handrich Schlabach.

I added some ingredients along, and modified the recipe I originally set out with. The outcome has been very satisfying.

Orange Chocolate Truffle

I prefer something fruity in a truffle than ganache, nuts, coconut, caramel or toffee. So as an adaptation of the flavors in Terry’s Chocolate orange I added a few drops of orange liqueur and fresh orange zest to give these homemade truffles an additional burst of flavor.
A little orange zest certainly goes a long way with chocolate!

Ingredients

4oz semisweet chocolate
4 oz milk chocolate
4 table spoons heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon oil (sunflower/vegetable) or 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
3-4 drops orange liqueur
¼ teaspoon fresh orange zest
Cocoa powder

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Method:

Melt together in a double boiler semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate and cream , over low heat. Stir with a wooden spatula continuously till the chocolate melt.

( I used a stainless steel bowl placed on a water bath in a saucepan on low heat as my double boiler, to melt the chocolate and cream.)

Add butter and stir till it melts and blends well into the mixture. Add orange liqueur and orange zest, mix well, remove from heat.

Pour the mixture into a tray sprayed evenly with oil or cooking spray.

Allow to cool to room temperature for 5- 7 mins.

Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.


Finishing touch....

Spread evenly 2-3 tablespoons (heaped) of cocoa powder on work surface.

Remove the refrigerated mixture. Scoop a teaspoon full and make a small ball using fingers.

(The chilled mixture was a hard at first, but very easy to scoop with a spoon. Rolling it between palms or using fingers actually provided the heat to soften it)

Roll the ball into cocoa powder. Tap off excess cocoa powder. Store in container.

Repeat to make truffles of the remaining chilled mixture. Refrigerate up to 3-5 days.

(This recipe makes about 30-35 truffles, shape: as in the picture. The truffles have a short shelf life so its best stored in a refrigerator and consumed within a week .)



23 comments:

chemcookit said...

This looks delicious! Chocolate and orange is one of my favorite combinations. In Italy we make orange zests candied in sugar and covered with bitter chocolate.. a pure delight. :)

TBC said...

That is beautiful! I love the orange-chocolate combination.

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

This one sounds really good and ez to make... I have some cocoa powder lying in my pantry.. WIll try this out!

bee said...

have you tried creme fraiche instead of cream? i love the chocolate orange combo.

Jeena said...

Hi there you have a lovely blog. Great recipe truly indulgent yummy. :)

Suganya said...

orange and chocolate are meant to be. Is that a tea light holder?

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Liked your recipe of orange chocolate and your photography skills makes that truffle look double delicious!!

Eskay said...

Thank you Marta. I'm sure thats an awesome treat. I also came across some candied zest in pannatone. I can imagine how wonderful it would be with bitter chocolate.

Eskay said...

Thank you TBC.

Eskay said...

Sure Ramya, sounds great!

Eskay said...

Glad you liked the combo Bee. I have never tried using Crème fraîche for this recipe. I always felt it was a little sour, but will surely do so the next time and let you know how that comes out. Thank you for the suggestion.

Eskay said...

Hi Jeena, Thank you for visiting my blog and letting me know how much you liked it. Glad you liked the recipe.

Eskay said...

You are absolutely right on the combination Suganya.

About the serving tray -its the base of my countertop-spice holder. Just found another use to it:)

Eskay said...

Thank you so much for the compliment, Rajeswari. Food Blogging has been an opportunity for me to learn photography as well. I'm still a beginner and there's so much more to learn! Its indeed encouraging to know that I could do some justice.

Dee & Chai said...

Hey Eskay- Great Cookies 4 the holiday seasons!!!

Asha said...

Hmm!! Everybody is here and I didn't know you until now. WHY?!
Love the Truffle, you should be eating those without any guilt, chocolate and Orange are both good for you!;D

Latha Narasimhan said...

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I have to see your truffles now!

Eskay said...

Thanks Dee& Chai...btw its truffles:(

Eskay said...

Thanks for visiting my blog asha..glad you liked the truffle. I'm relatively new out here in the food blog world...and still exploring...that could possibly be a valid reason Why.

Eskay said...

Thank you for the link to the recipe Maami, as well as visiting my blog.

bee said...

these truffles look heavenly. Choc+Orange are our favorites too. tx for your kind words on our blog today. --jai

Eskay said...

Thank you for visiting my blog Jai. Very thoughtful of you to leave me a comment.

Anonymous said...

Hi Eskay,

No need to approve this comment. But I found this on BlogHer http://www.blogher.com/orange-chocolate-truffle and just want to make sure you posted it yourself and wasn't done by a plagiarizer.

Please do let me know - ak@kitchen-parade.com.

Alanna Kellogg