Chocolate Covered Cheese Treats: a Russian Delight

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READY IN: 8hrs 50mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • In a food processor, combine the cheeses, sugar, and egg yolks, and process until completely smooth.
  • Transfer to a bowl and stir in the lemon zest, lemon extract and lemon juice.
  • Wrap the mixture in a double thickness of damp cheesecloth and place in a colander set over a bowl. Fold the ends ofthe cheesecloth over the top; Place a small plate on the cheesecloth and put a 2 pound weight (like a can) on the plate.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Unwrap the cheese mixture and roll into 1- 1/2" balls.
  • Place the balls on a plate, and freeze to firm up, about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and shortening in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Allow the chocolate to cool to lukewarm.
  • Remove the cheeseballs fromthe freezer.
  • Insert a toothpick into the center of one ball and dip it into the chocolate, coating completely, and allowing the excess to drip back into the pan.
  • Place on a wax paper-covered plate, and remove the toothpick; dab a small amount of chocolate over the toothpick hole.
  • Repeat with the rest of the cheeseballs.
  • Refrigerate until the chocolate sets.
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