Tempered Chocolate for Truffles
Because tempered chocolate can be spread very thinly, it is useful for molding chocolate and coating candies, like our Dipped Chocolate Truffles.
- Yield: Makes enough for 4 dozen truffles
Photography: Sang An
Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2000
- 1 1/2 pounds bittersweet chocolate, chopped, divided in portions
Place 1/2 pound chocolate in a metal bowl. Bring a saucepan with 2 inches of water to a simmer, and then turn off heat. Set bowl with chocolate over saucepan, and let melt, stirring gently with a rubber spatula until chocolate registers 118 degrees on a candy thermometer. (Watch the chocolate carefully, as heating and cooling times can vary.) Remove bowl from saucepan.
Add 1/4 pound unmelted chocolate to bowl and stir until chocolate cools to 84 degrees. (Remove any unmelted pieces with spatula.) Return bowl to saucepan, and let stand, and stir until chocolate registers 88 to 90 degrees. Use immediately. Repeat with remaining chocolate.