Monday, January 4, 2016

A FINAL HOLIDAY INDULGENCE? CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES!

By Mary Kennedy
                                                       
 
So the holidays are over, you say? Well, technically, you're right, but isn't there time for just one last indulgence? And if making delectable truffles is a little too guilt-inducing, or doesn't fit in with your New Year's resolutions, take heart. You can make them and give them to that friend, neighbor or family member that you forgot to buy a gift for. Trust me, you can be sure
that a box of home-made truffles will be cherished and not "re-gifted."
 
 
So let's get started. You will be amazed at the basic recipe, it only requires two ingredients, chocolate chips and raspberry jam.
 
BASIC recipe for chocolate truffles. Makes about 16, the number pictured in the box above.
 
Ingredients:
 
one cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons seedless raspberry jam.
 
Directions: Use a double boiler to melt the chocolate chips and jam. Stir and heat until mixture thickens to a consistency that looks like fudge. Remove from heat and let mixture cool. Shape into balls. See, I told you it was easy! Now you have several choices.
 
You can roll the balls in cocoa...
 
You can roll them in sprinkles, or in chopped nuts, or coconut, or powdered. sugar.  Really, there is no limit to what you can do.  You can also dip them into melted chocolate and then drizzle them with one of those little tubes of "decorator frosting" you find in the baking aisle at the supermarket. They look pretty elegant this way! 
 
What if you're a fan of white chocolate? No worries, simply substitute white chocolate chips in the BASIC recipe listed above. You can try some fun adaptations, just as using apricot jam with white chocolate chips (delish!) and one of my friends swears by pineapple jam.  She rolls the truffles in powdered sugar and voila!  Be sure to chill them in the fridge and take them out 30 minutes before serving. They're especially good at room temperature.  You can buy little candy wrappers at a candy store or craft store if you want to box them up as a gift. You don't need to, but it makes them look so elegant.                                    
                                                               
 
 
So enjoy your last little bit of the holidays or share these goodies with a friend. It's a great way to start the New Year!
 
By Mary Kennedy