Thursday, December 25, 2008

Holiday Truffle Filling

The best part about truffles is they can be filled with anything that sounds delicious to you. Here are some ideas to make your holiday truffles even more festive.

Fluer de Sel
Make a dark chocolate ganash and fill the truffle shell 2/3 full with the ganash. Add a chunk of high quality caramel candy. Spread a thin layer of the chocolate shell on top of a completed truffle and sprinkle with a few chunks of large sea salt.

Before heating a milk chocolate ganash, add two tablespoons of smooth peanut butter. Heat as usual and fill the truffle shells with this chocolate peanut butter glory.

Get Fruity
Make a dark chocolate or milk chocolate ganash and add orange zest to the mixture, or after heating, plunge chunks of dried fruit into the center of the truffle shells. Fruits to try: dried apricot, dried cranberries, dried cherries, dates, and dried pineapple.

Just a Little Tipsy

For some holiday fun, add a 3 TBS rum to your chocolate ganash. Fill truffle shells as usual. Top the truffles with brown sugar. Or mix the ganash with 4 TBS tequila and lime zest, top with salt.

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