Sunday, December 13, 2009

An Easy Chocolate Ginger Truffles Recipe You'll Love

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Chances are good that over the next couple of weeks, you'll be attending a few holiday parties. You'll be needing hostess gifts. Flowers, wine, and fudge are all fine, but truffles are better. Truffles are elegant and stylish. Better for you, truffles are easy to make, really easy.

Here's a recipe for Easy Ginger Chocolate Truffles that I love and know you will too. Rich chocolate is enhanced with spicy, fragrant candied ginger for a uniquely intense flavor. Placed inside of decorative foil cups, these easy ginger chocolate truffles make a festive holiday gift.

These truffles are also going into the big Eat Christmas Cookies cookie jar. Want to share your cookies with us? Just send them over by December 20th. Find out how here. And check out the amazing stash of Christmas cookies we've gotten so far.

I also just discovered that Nic of the delicious Cherrapeno is hosting this month's SHF, the Holiday Edition.  So I'm sending some truffles her way.

Easy Chocolate Ginger Truffles
Makes about 2 dozen truffles
Print recipe only here.  

2 cups high quality bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup candied ginger, finely diced (wet your knife first for easier dicing)
unsweetened cocoa for rolling

1. Put chocolate in a heat-proof bowl.

2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring heavy cream just to a boil. Pour over the chocolate, and stir with a small spatula until smooth. Stir in the ginger. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1-1 1/2 hours. Check it. The chocolate should be thick yet still pliable.

3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a teaspoon or a melon-baller, scoop balls of chocolate and drop them on the prepared sheet. (Don't worry about shaping them. That comes later.) Place the pan of truffles in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

4. Place cocoa in a small, deep bowl. Dust both palms with cocoa. Roll each truffle into a ball. Drop in the cocoa until coated. Shake off excess cocoa. Place in decorative paper or foil cups, if using. Store truffles in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You may need to reshape or redust with cocoa before serving. Serve at room temperature.

Here are more edible holiday gifts from Food Blogga you might enjoy:
Traditional Italian Almond Biscotti
How to Make Italian Pizzelle Cookies in 5 Easy Steps
Mom's Peanut Butter Fudge
Orange, Date, and Pecan Bread

Here are more delicious truffles to try:
Cookie Dough Truffles recipe from Big Red Kitchen
Mocha Truffles recipe from Use Real Butter
White Chocolate Truffles from Serious Eats
Boozy Bitter Chocolate Truffles recipe from Chez Pim
Gluten-Free and Vegan Chocolate Orange Truffles recipe from Elana's Pantry