Trial and tribulations of truffle making.

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You would think that making truffles are a joyful, pleasant experience. The process of making truffles should allow one to indulge in the repetitive activity to calm the senses during this time of year. Unfortunately, my first experience with truffles, did not come with calming feelings but lot of frustration because of these tiny balls of spiked chocolate.

Let’s say I will never again attempt a large quality of these babies (300+) during the University semester, at exam time. This a clear example of my poor time tracking skills; my unfailing when it comes to doing custom orders for family and friends. Though this was not a pleasant first attempt at truffles, I have learnt a hell of lot about chocolate, making them and decorating. Also, I appreciate the role of family in my life because everyone had to pull together to get these 300 done (late nights and tears were present)

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First thing I advise, allow yourself time for making these. I guess that why they do them at Christmas.

Second, gather your materials and stock up big time on them. You never know what will go wrong.

Lastly, do research before you attempt making them especially advice on decorating them. It will save you lot of melted puddles of truffles and ugly balls.

The festive designs are associated with a different flavour. All liquor spiked but that is what this time of year is about anyway. Christmas is the time of indulgent treats and little (or lot) of excess, plus who can turn done cute chocolates?

The Christmas pudding is amaretto milk chocolate truffle.

The red present is a white chocolate eggnog truffle.

The white ball with a fondant decorated Christmas tree is black raspberry liquor truffle.

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This small festive treat experience taught me more about cooking than any cookbook could. I just that‘s why they say experience is golden, but do not ask me to make them any time soon (once a year of crying over chocolate is enough)

Dark chocolate raspberry Liquor Truffles
Makes 40 teaspoon truffles
Adapted from basic recipe at taste.com.au.

500g 80 % dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
150ml thickened cream
3 tbs Black Raspberry liquor
400g white chocolate, Tempered

Fondant Christmas trees (made them at home)

Place the chopped chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water).
Stir with a metal spoon until chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Stir in rum. Place in the fridge for 4 hours or until the mixture is firm enough to roll into balls.
Line a tray with non-stick baking paper. Roll two teaspoonfuls of chocolate mixture into a ball. Place on the prepared tray. Repeat with remaining chocolate mixture. Place in the fridge for 1 day.

Amaretto truffles

500g milk chocolate, coarsely chopped

150ml thickened cream

3 tbs Amaretto

400g white chocolate, tempered.

100g Thick writing Royal icing

Repeat the same steps for making truffles as above.

Eggnog Truffles

500g whitechocolate, coarsely chopped

150ml thickened cream
2tbs brandy
5g ground nutmeg
5g ground cinnamon 
300g candy melts
100g Thick writing Royal icing

Repeat the same steps for making truffles truffles as above.

Decorating
Christmas pudding

Line a tray with non-stick baking paper. Divide the truffles into 4 batches.
Remove 1 batch from the fridge.
Dip, holding the bamboo skewer in the melted tempered chocolate to coat.
Hold , allow for excess chocolate to drip off.
Stick into a foam box, allow to set.
Repeat, in 3 more batches, with the remaining truffles and melted chocolate.
Place the white chocolate melts in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water).
Stir with a metal spoon until chocolate melts and is smooth.
Spoon the melted cooled white chocolate on to the top of the truffle on the foam box. Top with holy leaf. 

Red present

Line a tray with non-stick baking paper. Divide the truffles into 4 batches.
Remove 1 batch from the fridge.
Melt red candy melts on a pot of simmering water. Stir constantly until smooth. Keep warm on a bowl of warm water.
Hold allow excess candy to drip off.
Stick into a foam box, allow to set.
Repeat, in 3 more batches, with the remaining truffles and melted chocolate.
Prepare a medium hard royal icing to the same texture as outlining sugar cookies.
In a zip lock bag spoon royal icing into bag. Sip an edge and slowly pipe a cross and two ovals to represent the bow.

White Christmas tree design

Colour white fondant green, roll out. Using a small tree cutter made from an old soft drink can(bend and shape it), press out small trees.
Top with a royal dot of yellow royal icing (dye a small amount yellow from the white you prepared earlier). Set aside
Line a tray with non-stick baking paper. Divide the truffles into 4 batches.
Remove 1 batch from the fridge.
Dip, holding the bamboo skewer in the melted tempered white chocolate to coat.
Gently tap the fork or dipper on the edge of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip off.
Stick into a foam box, allow to set.
Repeat, in 3 more batches, with the remaining truffles and melted chocolate.
Spread a small amount of white chocolate on the back of fondant trees and stick on the top of setting truffle.

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'Trial and tribulations of truffle making.' have 2 comments

  1. December 20, 2012 @ 8:30 pm Brady Harlan

    where did you buy those boxes

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  2. December 20, 2012 @ 11:14 pm rice_paper_dolls

    They were ordered from a packaging supplier here in Australia.

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