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Chocolate & Bourbon Truffles

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | May 4th, 2017 | Desserts, Recipes
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A decadent way to add some bourbon to your dessert menu.

If Wednesday’s recipe for Bourbon & Brown Sugar Mixed Nuts was my favorite recipe, then this was my husband’s. Honestly, I was surprised that he felt this way. Neither of us is a huge chocolate fan, so that was strike number one. Strike number two was that the truffles were made with a greater ratio of semi-sweet chocolate, which he likes even less than milk chocolate. The third strike, I assumed, would be the small amount of bourbon.

Well, I was wrong. When my husband came home the night of recipe testing, I gave him a sample of both new bourbon recipes. He declared the bourbon flavor in the truffle to be even stronger than in the mixed nuts. He genuinely enjoyed the truffle.

As I had quite a few truffles, I took the majority of them to his office the following day. They were devoured in no time. It seems that the bourbon-chocolate combination was well received. I even had a request from one of his co-workers. Apparently I need to open a café next door to the office.

I will be honest and let you know that this is neither a simple nor neat recipe. It isn’t neurosurgery, but you need patience and a careful eye. You also need a sink and a towel nearby. (Being my own photographer was really tricky. How does one take a picture with hands coated in chocolate? She doesn’t. She takes pictures of other steps in the process.) However, if you’re willing to spend some time in your kitchen and make a bit of a mess, the results are worth the effort.

Plus, if you make a batch, you can call yourself a chocolatier in training!

Chocolate & Bourbon Truffles

Yields 24
A rich & luscious treat, perfect for the Kentucky Derby


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Prep Time
3 hr 30 min

Cook Time
3 min

Total Time
3 hr 33 min

Prep Time
3 hr 30 min

Cook Time
3 min

Total Time
3 hr 33 min

Ingredients
  1. 4 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate
  2. 4 oz. milk chocolate
  3. ½ cup heavy cream
  4. 2 Tb. butter
  5. 2 Tb. bourbon
  6. Chocolate sprinkles
  7. Pecans, finely diced
Instructions
  1. Chop chocolate coarsely, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Combine cream and butter in small saucepot over medium heat; bring to a boil.
  3. Pour cream over chocolate, and allow to sit for 1 minute.
  4. Stir with a spatula until mixture becomes glossy.
  5. Add bourbon and mix to incorporate.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  7. Place sprinkles and/or pecans in separate bowls.
  8. Line a plate or baking tray with parchment paper.
  9. Scoop heaping teaspoon of truffle mixture, shape into ball.
  10. Roll truffle in pecans or sprinkles; place on lined plate or baking tray.
  11. When all truffles have been formed, place tray in refrigerator for 1 hour.
Notes
  1. While stirring the chocolate and cream, watch it carefully so that you notice as it begins to look glossy.
  2. Your hands will become chocolate coated while forming the balls. If you have an assistant who can roll them in sprinkles or nuts, it will be less messy.
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