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This is a perfect recipe for the home cook. These
truffles can easily be made in the home kitchen, but look and taste as though
they were produced by the finest chocolatier.
Truffles, Chocolate or Mushroom? Odds are you probably don't think about the
mushroom when you are eating a chocolate truffle. Likewise, when enjoying the
ultra-expensive mushroom, your mind is probably not on the chocolate truffle
that you may or may not have for dessert. But these two do have a history
In the 1800's chocolate makers discovered how to create a ganache, or the yummy
little centers that make up chocolate truffles. One thing led to another and
soon small amounts of ganache were coated with dreamy layers of pure chocolate. But what to call these little bits? The chocolate makers, probably very much
under the influence of a chocolate high, could only come up with the name,
"truffle," due to a resemblance to the mushroom.
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Cognac Truffles Recipe
Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 10 min
3 cups (18 ounces) semi-sweet
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon Cognac
Cocoa powder for dusting
* Use a
good-quality chocolate chips.
The taste and quality of the
truffle is primarily dependent on the quality of chocolate you start with.
In a large saucepan over low heat, place
chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk;
Stir mixture in a slow,
circular motion. The chocolate chips and
condensed milk will blend slowly, and then become smooth and glossy
(this glossiness is a good sign that the suspension is stable). Remove from
heat. Stir in the cognac. This is now called a "ganache."
When the ganache is first made, it is still too warm and soft for easy
handling. Pour the chocolate mixture into a shallow bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap, pressing the film onto the
surface of the chocolate to prevent a thin skin from forming. Pace the
ganache in the freezer until firm (about the consistency of modeling clay) but
not frozen, about 30 to 45 minutes or chill in the refrigerator approximately 2
to 3 hours until firm.
Line a sheet pan or cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment. Using a cold
metal teaspoon, melon baller, or a mini ice cream scoop and your hands, roll the ganache into
small balls about 1-inch diameter, and then roll each chocolate ball in the
cocoa powder. NOTE: If the mixture gets too soft to mold
easily, put it back in the freezer for a few minutes. Arrange the coated
truffles on cookie sheets.
Place the cookie sheet of finished Cognac
Chocolate Truffles either in the freezer until
firm or in the refrigerator approximately 1 hour or until firm.