Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Easy Peasy: Truffle Making at Luxe Hotel Rodeo

So, I've posted a truffle recipe from Valerie's Confections before and it does look easy enough, but I still have never gone ahead and tried it. Maybe it was still harder than it sounds. But after watching a truffle making demo at Luxe Hotel, I have to say it's looking easier.

First, here is the recipe (from their hotel blog):
8 ounces of chocolate, milk or dark to taste
½ cup of heavy cream
1 tablespoon of coconut rum
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract


Using a double boiler, slowly melt the chocolate in the cream over boiling water - you don't want to heat it directly with the fire. Like this:
The boiling water is covered with a moist rag, and the bowl with the chocolate and cream is placed over that.
Bring the cream barely to a boil (don't burn it!)
 Once the chocolate and cream are mixed well, add the coconut rum and vanilla extract. Combine thoroughly.

Chill the mixture in the freezer.  Once the mixture has set, scoop truffles onto a tray using a small ice cream scoop.
Roll it with your hands into a ball
Truffle Ball
Dip the balls in melted dark chocolate and let it harden. Now you have truffles!
Looks easy enough, right? I mean, I'm thinking that even *I* can do this.
You can of course experiment with various liqueur instead of coconut rum. These are the truffles that they serve at the hotel's cafe.
The view from the hotel's roof


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