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Easy Chocolate Truffles

  • yield: Makes 12
Photography: BEATRIZ DA COSTA

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Five strips 1-inch-wide orange peel, pith removed
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup sifted cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped assorted nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, and pistachios

Cook's Note

Uncoated truffles can be stored in an airtight container, refrigerated, for one week.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a small saucepan, whisk together cream and cardamom. Add orange peel; bring just to a boil. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Line a baking pan with parchment; set it and another pan aside.

  2. Step 2

    Return cream mixture to heat; bring to a boil. Place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Remove cream mixture from heat. Pour through a sieve set over chocolate; discard solids. Stir until melted and smooth.

  3. Step 3

    Pour chocolate mixture onto the unlined baking pan, and spread in an even layer with an offset spatula. Transfer baking pan to freezer; chill chocolate until hardened but malleable, 15 to 20 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Using a tablespoon, scrape enough chocolate from pan to form a roughly shaped 1-inch ball, being careful not to press too hard against baking pan. Repeat. Transfer balls to the parchment-lined pan; chill truffles in the refrigerator 10 minutes.

  5. Step 5

    Place the confectioners' sugar, the cocoa powder, and the chopped nuts in three separate bowls. Roll the truffles in desired coatings.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 1998

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Reviews (9)

  • 16 Feb, 2014

    I agree with LoveZ...I saw the Sarah Carey video on 2/13/14, and I made this recipe the next day - as LoveZ said, it differs in multiple ways from the video. That is alright, but the truffle mixture had not set nearly enough to form balls after 15-20 minutes in the freezer, and hadn't set enough even after 4 hours...I left it in overnight, and then it was too hard. Her other videos have been spectacular and have matched the recipes too.

  • 13 Feb, 2014

    I am looking forward to making these, however the steps in the video are different from those in the recipe. She excludes some of the ingredients (orange, cardamom), doesn't pour it through a sieve, and refrigerates it for a different amount of time. Not sure how to do it.

  • 5 Dec, 2012

    Enter your review...

  • 9 Feb, 2012

    I am helping my future sister in law plan her wedding. Right now, we're working on the wedding favors. Kelly is giving the reception guests a single truffle. These will make the perfect gift! I did a test run and these were easy to make and delicious! She and I began looking for packaging, and we found the cutest favor boxes from Box and Wrap! These boxes fit a single truffle, and the boxes come in all colors. Favors Done!

  • 2 Feb, 2009

    Love to see link to gift boxes or bags in crafts...for each holiday or birthday!

  • 20 Dec, 2008

    This was pretty easy and the truffles turned out well. My favorite coating was the cocoa powder or just plain chopped pecans. I thought the orange and cardamom was a bit strong, but I didn't really measure so I may have put too much. I would say unless you love these flavors though to err on the side of too little the first time. I will use this recipe again. Oh- I used ghiradelli semi sweet chips, they worked fine.

  • 7 Feb, 2008

    Is this the recipe from your 2/4/07 show? If not where is that recipe?

  • 6 Dec, 2007

    Could you please update this recipe with the type and amount of chocolate needed. Thank You!!

  • 20 Nov, 2007

    OK, am I missing something, or is the chocolate missing from this recipe? What quantity?