Chocolate Pistachio Truffles
Friday, 06 May 2011
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Recipe from Homemade: Irresistible Homemade Recipes for Every Occasion by Clodagh McKenna (Kyle Cathie, 2011)Melt-in-the-mouth chocolate truffles. Now, who wouldn't want to receive these as a gift? There are somany variations, so this is a great recipe formaking in large quantities as you can split the mixture and add different flavorings.
- 7 oz good-quality dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces
- 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 1/4 cups pistachio nuts, finely chopped
Slowly melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl suspended over a saucepan of simmering water until it is smooth and glossy. Gently heat the cream in a heavy-bottomed saucepan until warm. Pour the warm cream onto the melted chocolate and mix well until fully incorporated.
Mix in two-thirds of the pistachio nuts. Set aside to cool and firm up (you can refrigerate the mixture to speed up the process if desired). Once firm, take teaspoons of the mixture and roll into walnut-sized balls, then leave to set on a tray lined with parchment paper.
Once set, place the remaining finely chopped pistachio nuts in a bowl and roll the truffles in the nuts.
There are so many variations for this recipe. Try replacing the pistachios with hazelnuts or almonds. To spice this up, replace the hazelnuts with 4 cardamon pods or 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Also try adding 2 teaspoons of bourbon, Grand Marnier, rum, or the zest and juice of an orange.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 May 2011 )