Monday, December 21, 2009

Mocha Chocolate Truffles

Tis the season to. . . indulge in lots and lots and lots of chocolate! Yes, the season has finally come and the excuses are finally rolling in for reasons to make anything and everything with chocolate of all kinds, from semisweet to bittersweet and dark to white, and at that just piling every form of chocolate together to make what I call a dessert master piece. As it is probably apparent, I can tend to be a bit of a chocoholic, and I know I am not alone, so for those other chocoholics that I do know are out there, this is one of the many chocolaty and sweet recipes that should not be skipped over.

These Mocha Chocolate Truffles are definitely on my top chocolate and dessert recipe list. The coffee flavor not only gives you that warm, and coffee extracting flavor, but it also enriches and deepens the flavors of the pure, thick chocolate. Friends, family, and even neighbors will be swooning over this recipe for it is rich, decedent, and filled with lots and lots of chocolate as well as a pure coffee flavor. It pairs great with a warm cup of tea, or even more coffee, and is such a modern dessert that will make one look so fab while biting into this beautiful chocolate truffle while sipping a cup of hot cocoa (for those chocolate lovers) while bundled in a family-made patch worked blanket sitting closely by the fire and enjoying the winter weather with friends and family. Yes, this is definitely one recipe that is a favorite and one to save for years to come.
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee (or if it is hard to find and are in the mood for a unique taste used regular coffee grinds, I usually just use that and it taste great!)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips(GERRADELLI IS THE BEST)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
bittersweet or semisweet chocolate squares grated to garnish on top
In a small saucepan, combine whipping cream, sugar, butter, and instant coffee; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, just until mixture boils. Remove from heat; immediately add chocolate chips. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Add vanilla extract. Pour into small bowl; chill, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to set. Cover, chill several hours or overnight to allow mixture to ripen and harden. Now yes, your hands will get VERY VERY messy and be prepared to constantly be cleaning your hands off; form small round balls by rolling chocolate in palm of hand, working quickly to prevent melting. Then roll in grated chocolate and add a chocolate chip on top for garnish. Store in refrigeration and serve cold while enjoying!

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