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Recipe Souce: Joy of Baking
Semisweet or Bittersweet chocolate - 8ounces (227 grams), cut into small pieces
Heavy Whipping cream (double cream) - 1/2cup (120 ml)
Unsalted butter - 2tbs (28 grams), cut into small pieces
Brandy - 2tbs
Coatings for Truffles:
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized heatproof bowl. Keep aside. Heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil. Pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for a minute or two. Stir with a rubber spatula until smooth. (If the chocolate doesn't melt completely, place in the microwave for about 20 seconds, or over a saucepan of simmering water, just until melted.) Add the liqueur. Cover and place in the refrigerator until the truffle mixture is firm which could take several hours or overnight.Place your coatings for the truffles on a plate. Remove the truffle mixture from the refrigerator. Using your hands, or a small ice cream scoop, a melon baller, or a small spoon form the chocolate into round or mis-shaped bite-sized balls.The mixture should yield about 25 to 30 small balls. Immediately roll the truffle in the coating and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or tray. Cover and place in the refrigerator until firm. Truffles can be refrigerated for a couple of weeks or else frozen for a couple of months. Bring them room temperature before serving.
Tip: You could opt to coat the truffles with different coating such as nuts, shave chocolate, confectioner's sugar, toasted coconut flakes. The option of liqueur could either be omitted or a choice between Grand Marnier, Kirsch, Rum, Bourbon, Kahlua could be used.