bittersweet chocolate, very finely chopped
( not unsweetened)
creme de cassis
unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-process
- Place the chocolate in a medium-size heatproof bowl.
- Bring the cream just to a boil in a small saucepan. As soon as it begins to boil, pour it through a FINE strainer and into the bowl with the chocolate.
- Whisk the cream and chocolate together until the chocolate is completely melted. Whisk in the Crème de Cassis.
- Cover and refrigerate until stiff and cold, at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.
- Scoop up some of the chilled chocolate mixture with a very small scoop, or a teaspoon and roll between your palms to make 3/4-inch balls (they don't have to be perfectly round). Work quickly so the chocolate doesn't melt in your hands. (I just used the small scoop and did not roll in my hands) Transfer the balls to a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, setting them 1/2-inch apart.
- Wipe your hands periodically with paper towels to remove any chocolate left behind from rolling.
- If the truffle mixture becomes too soft to roll, return it to the refrigerator briefly to firm up before continuing.
- Lightly cover the balls with plastic wrap and return to the refrigerator until cool and firm. Place the *cocoa powder in a pie plate or other flat-bottomed dish with sides, and roll the truffles in the cocoa powder a few at a time, until coated.
- Store the truffles in a waxed paper-lined tin in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- *Another idea would be to roll the truffles in a finely powdered nut mixture.
- If you'd like to make your own Creme de Cassis, try Homemade Creme De Cassis Liqueur.