Ancho Chile and Cinnamon Truffles

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Total Time
2hrs 15mins
15 mins
2 hrs

This recipe combines two of my favorite ingredients; chocolate and chiles. The recipe is the creation of the Union Square Grill.

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  1. Combine ground ancho chili, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, heavy cream, and salt. Bring to a boil cover and steep for 2 hours.
  2. Chop Valrhona dark bitter chocolate into one-inch pieces.
  3. Bring spice-and-cream mixture back to a boil and add the chopped chocolate pieces. Mix until combined and smooth. If lumps remain, stir over a double boiler until smooth.
  4. Pour mixture into a parchment-lined two-inch half pan. Refrigerate until set.
  5. With a small spoon, scoop out 50 equally sized ganache balls. Roll and smooth the balls with your hands.
  6. Mix cocoa powder and ancho chili powder in a small bowl. Roll ganache balls in cocoa and chili mixture.