A Box of Truffles

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Why not surprise your valentine with a box of homemade truffles this year. There’s nothing sweeter and when you see how easy this chocolate truffle recipe is it will be the recipe you turn to again and again. This is one of my favorite recipes because it is so versatile. This recipe makes a basic homemade ganache which is a velvety chocolate fudge. It starts with a base of semi-sweet chocolate chips and pure heavy cream. Measure 2 cups of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips in a shallow bowl. Next, put 1 cup of heavy cream in a small pot on the stove and bring it to a boil (keep a good eye on it so it doesn’t boil over). When the cream comes to a boil, carefully pour it over the chocolate chips and immediately cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Do not stir the mixture. Set your timer for 5 minutes. Once the timer goes off, take the plastic wrap off of the bowl and with a whisk, mix the cream and the chocolate until no bits of chocolate chips remain. Add 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and set the bowl aside. This is your base. You can choose to do other things with your amazingly perfect ganache. It is the best hot fudge you will ever have – go ahead and drizzle it right over ice cream. You can use it for fondue and dip marshmallows, pound cake and strawberries into it. You can scoop 1/4 cup into some hot milk for creamy hot chocolate. Or…you can let it firm up overnight and scoop the hardened ganache into small balls of chocolate bliss. These are chocolate truffles. Superbly decadent and infinitely versatile. Roll the balls between your hands into little balls. Once the balls are rolled, you can roll them in cocoa, chopped nuts, or bright red and pink sprinkles. Place each truffle in a paper liner. You can get cute gift boxes at a craft store. Line the box with colored tissue paper and place them in the box. Viola! A perfect gift for your sweetheart!
Stay Sweet!

Susan O’Keefe has been baking since she was a little girl. With a passion for baking and a background in marketing and sales, she opened Baked by Susan right in the heart of the little river town of Croton-on-Hudson where she lives with her husband and three growing boys. Visit Baked by Susan at 163 Grand Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY or at Bakedbysusan.com. Like us on Facebook and Instagram!
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