Best Truffle Recipe

Marye Audet
gourmet truffles

The best truffle recipe will yield a truffle that is meltingly creamy as well as intensely chocolate. The other flavors will compliment the chocolate, yet not take away from the smooth consistency of the candy.

Best Truffle Recipe for Basic Truffles

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces chocolate, chopped fine
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Cocoa powder for rolling truffles

Instructions

  1. Bring the cream just to a boil in a heavy pan.
  2. Remove from the heat.
  3. Stir in chocolate until melted and smooth.
  4. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight or at least six hours.
  5. Use an ice cold melon baller to create the round truffles.
  6. Roll truffles in cocoa.
  7. Keep refrigerated until 30 minutes before you are ready to serve.

Makes about 30 truffles.

Truffle Variations

Once you have made the basic truffle recipe you will want to make variations. Here are some truffle recipes that are perfect for gift giving or treats anytime.

Flavor Variations

Add two teaspoons of any of the following flavors or a combination of flavors to your basic truffle mixture.

  • Vanilla
  • Rum
  • Bourbon
  • Kahlua
  • Irish Cream
  • Port wine
  • Kirsch
  • Mint
  • Rose water

Infusions

Another way to flavor the truffles is to infuse the cream with flavor before adding the chocolate. In order to do this you will add about a tablespoon of the flavoring ingredient to the simmering cream. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Strain and then warm the cream up again and proceed with directions for adding the chocolate.

Some infusions to consider are:

  • Earl Grey tea
  • Chai
  • Coffee
  • Lavender buds
  • Whole allspice
  • Whole cloves
  • Other types of tea
  • Dried chipotle peppers

Finishing Variations

You can sprinkle the enrobing chocolate with almost any topping before it hardens. Some ideas for this are:

  • Fleur de Sel
  • Chopped pistachios
  • Chopped pecans
  • Crystallized ginger
  • Coconut
  • Chopped lemon peel

Storing the Finished Truffles

Plan to store the finished truffles in the refrigerator and take them out about a half hour before serving. Make sure that they are tightly covered in an airtight container so that flavors from other foods in the refrigerator do not change the flavor of the chocolate. Truffles can easily be made ahead and will keep for a couple of weeks.

Experiment to Find Your Favorite

Once you have perfected the best truffle recipe for your purposes, begin to experiment with other recipes, such as this recipe for chocolate cheesecake truffles, to see which gives you the ultimate combination of creaminess and chocolate flavor.

Best Truffle Recipe