Friday, February 10, 2012

Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

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This year for Valentine's Day I decided to give Chocolate Raspberry Truffles a try.  Although I have made ganache before, I had never formed the ganache into truffles.  It was an easy process, and the result is a decadent chocolate confectionery that is perfect for Valentine’s Day.  The recipe I adapted called for Chambord, and I had hoped to make some of my truffles using this raspberry liqueur.  When I sent my husband to the liquor store for beer for Beer Bread, I asked him to see if they had any tiny, little bottles of Chambord.  Unfortunately they only had a large bottle that was over $30.  That was a tad more than I wanted to spend for the two tablespoons needed for this recipe.  So I used raspberry extract instead.
 
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The first step to make these truffles was to make a ganache.  The ganache was then refrigerated to firm up the chocolate.  Once firm, the chocolate was scooped up and formed into balls that were rolled in cocoa powder.   They are a bit messy to make, and I have to admit to having a chocolate-covered kitchen when I finished.  It was definitely worth the mess.



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Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
Decadent chocolate raspberry truffles.

Ingredients
  • 12 ounces best quality semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup seedless red raspberry jam
  • 1 teaspoon raspberry extract (or 2 tablespoons Chambord)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions
1. Place chocolate in a bowl.2. In a saucepan, bring cream and butter to a boil over medium heat.3. As soon as cream and butter boil, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate chips; allow to sit for 1 minute.4. Stir the mixture until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy. 5. Stir in the raspberry jam.6. Allow to cool slightly, then stir in the raspberry extract (or Chambord) and the salt.7. Place plastic wrap over the top of the chocolate and chill for 4 hours or until firm.8. Using a spoon or a scoop, form chocolate into teaspoon-sized balls; roll balls in cocoa powder, place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet, and refrigerate until firm.9. Store truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 40 truffles
Recipe adapted from GroupRecipes.

35 comments:

  1. Love how you came up with using the extract. I always have a hard time with buying a large bottle of alcohol for just a couple tablespoons too. These are gorgeous!

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    1. If you don't like buying a whole bottle of alcohol for just a few tablespoons, the ABC store (if you're in the USA) nearly always has tiny airplane-sized (like 3-4 ozs) sample bottles behind the counter for a few dollars. I have a god friend who isn't a drinker at all who picks those up when she has special baking projects.

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    2. If you don't like buying whole bottles of alcohol for recipes, the ABC store (if you're in the USA) has tiny, airplane sized bottles (2-4 ozs) behind the counter you can buy for pretty cheap. I have a friend who's not a drinker who does that when a recipe calls for alcohol.

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  2. This looks yummy..Perfectly made..

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  3. Chocolate and raspberry are two of my favorite pairings. These look delicious!

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  4. These look like a very special treat! Everything always looks so perfect in your photos, hard to believe you had a mess in your kitchen!

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  5. I love truffles,these are divine.beautiful photos.new follower from delightsofculinaria.blogspot.com.Please stop by/follow mine.

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  6. You are such an expert! These are perfectly formed and beautiful truffles. I'm always so inspired when I visit your blog. Kudos!

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  7. Those are just beautiful. You take such nice pictures, always a treat to look at. Have a great Valentines Day!
    ~Jamie

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  8. I love raspberry truffles! These made my mouth water.

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  9. These look just gorgeous & each one looks perfectly shaped... and I bet they taste even better! Love your photographs and food styling! You are so good at this :)

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  10. I would have had a hard time buying that expensive bottle too, if all I needed was a tiny bit! These truffles look so elegant and professionally done. Anyone would love them for a Valentine treat! :)

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  11. Wow,they look lovely and your photos with the red background are gorgeous!

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  12. I know you said, this can be messy...But kitchen mess, especially that of chocolate is the best mess of all time! Great post!

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  13. What a decadent treat!! I love Chambord so it drew my interest right away. Beautiful photo and I especially love your candy dish!

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  14. Jill-these truffles look so inviting, yummy, and totally addictive. Must try recipe:DDD
    BTW-I have some awards, waiting for you to claim...stop by my blog to claim them. Congratulations, well deserved:DDD

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  15. These look and sound so delectable :) I think berries and chocolate are the best combination ~ Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I love truffles but I hate working with cocoa. I worked at a bakery in college and it would get every where. I would find some on me days later in places I don't want to mention.

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  17. I love truffles and these sound wonderful even not using the Chambord. You could also use Framboise which is also a raspberry liqueur and it can be found inexpensively at the grocery store.

    I just printed this since I have all the ingredients on hand, it will be a nice addition to my Valentine's Day dinner menu.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Wow, perfect treat for Valentine's Day. These look gorgeous!!!

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  19. I used to make chocolate raspberry truffles when I was a newlywed, and they were such a treat! Yours looks delicious. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  20. These are beautiful, Jill! The perfect treat for Valentine's Day!

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  21. These look wonderful Jill! I can't blame you for using the extract...unless I had other uses for the liqueur, I'd have a hard time justifying it. Would never know you suffered a messy kitchen from those gorgeous photos! Perfect dessert for Valentine's!

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  22. These look so yummy!! I must try them!

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  23. These look perfect Jill! Would love to receive a box of these.

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  24. Jill,
    These truffles are gorgeous and raspberries and chocolate are match made in heaven. I know that when I work with chocolate in the kitchen, I end up with a chocolate mess, too. It looks like these were worth it in the end.

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  25. It looks yummy , love the combo of chocolate and raspberry . I agree with you , the mess is definitely worth it :D.

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  26. I love ganache and love it even more when it is in truffle for. Raspberry and chocolate are always a great combination, so I am sure these must have been decadent!

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  27. I'm not too crazy about chocolate truffles in general, but chocolate raspberry, well that's another story. I'm all for that! By the way, I just posted about your chocolate orange cookies. Totally delish. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2012/02/chocolate-orange-cookies.html

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  28. I'm not much of a alcohol drinker so raspberry extract is perfect for me. I didn't even know there is a such thing exists! I love your truffles, really beautiful!

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  29. The truffles sound wonderful, perfect for Valentine's Day. Jill, I think your blog is great, so I would like to pass on the Liebster Blog Award to you(if you want to accept it). I have posted about it on my blog tonight.

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  30. It's a lucky thing that truffles are so easy to make because they are a great fix for that chocolate craving. Love your raspberry truffles. WE had a hard time finding a small bottle of Chambord as well. May be we need to go to an airline caterer...

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  31. I am fine having chocolaty mess in my kitchen, all the time.. Love this recipe, and absolutely drool over truffles :)

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