Prep 24 hrs
Cook 5 mins
I found this recipe in the food section of the paper. The raspberry and lemon flavors add a tart bite to the sweetness of these truffles. I also inlude instructions on how to temper chocolate to make dipped candies more attractive - the first time I tried tempering, I couldn't believe how much nicer they looked.
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 2 tablespoons cream
- 1⁄2 cup raspberry jam (preferably seedless)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1⁄2 cup cornstarch
- 1 1⁄2 lbs chopped semisweet chocolate
- 6 ounces solid semisweet chocolate
- 1⁄4 cup cocoa (optional)
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped nuts (optional)
- Melt 8 ounces of chocolate.
- Heat the butter and cream until the butter is melted and small bubbles form.
- Pour into a small bowl and stir in the chocolate.
- Whisk in the jam and lemon juice.
- cover and refrigerate 60-90 minutes.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Spoon the mixture into mounds (about 2 teaspoons each).
- Refrigerate 15 minutes or until firm.
- Use the cornstarch to dust your hands, and roll the mixture into balls.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Remove centers from the refrigerator to warm to room temperature before the next steps.
- Melt 1 1/2 pounds of chopped chocolate and temper as follows.
- If the chocolate is dull, grainy, or blemished, heat to at least 115 degrees.
- When the chocolate is nearly melted, stir to complete the melt.
- Let the chocolate cool to 100 degrees.
- Look at the chunk of solid chocolate- it should be smooth, dark, and glossy, without dullness or streaking.
- Submerge the 6 ounces of solid chocolate in the melted chocolate and stir until the chocolate cools to 90 degrees.
- What this process does is isomerize the chocolate as it cools, so that the cooled shells will stay glossy and smooth, even in the refrigerator.
- If the solid chunk is dull, streaky, or grained, it will have the opposite effect.
- The taste will be the same, but tempering the chocolate makes the truffles much more attractive.
- When the chocolate has cooled to 90 degrees, remove the chunk and save it for the next time you temper chocolate.
- Smear a thin sample of the melted chocolate on wax paper and refrigerate for 2 minutes.
- The smear should cool glossy and smooth, and should break with a snap.
- Dip each truffle in chocolate; two forks seem to work the best for this (although I'd be interested in hearing anyone else's idea).
- Top the truffles with cocoa or nuts if desired; if you plan to do this, do each truffle as you dip them, because they solidify fairly quickly.
- Refrigerate until set.