It was a choice of chocolate truffles or spiced honey cake for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie. I made the truffles, and am looking forward to baking the honey cake soon.
Never having made truffles before, I was surprised at how simple they are to make. Melt some chocolate, bring cream to a boil and add to the chocolate, stir gently, add butter, stir some more, add light corn syrup - that's it. This lovely chocolate mixture is chilled for a few hours, shaped into balls, rolled in cocoa, and you are done.
The only difficulty I had was with the butter. I stirred the butter into the chocolate in four or five additions, as Dorie suggests in the recipe. When I got to the final addition the butter just didn't seem to want to mix in. It was like there wasn't room for any more butter. I stirred for awhile and then put everything in the fridge. Today when I went to roll the balls of chocolate there were some pale spots on top that I think were unmixed butter. The whitish portions dispersed as I rolled the chocolate into balls and did not mar the final product.
Dorie's recipe includes a number of flavour variations. I want to try the ones that add texture to these truffles - coconut, peppermint, and cookie crumb all sound good.