Salted Chocolate Truffles with Cherry Centers

Posted December 11th, 2010 in Desserts, Recipe

Need a unique gift idea for Christmas or Valentine’s Day? Make these Salted Chocolate Truffles with Cherry Centers. They are mmmm mmmm good!

Makes about 32 truffles

Ingredients

1 cans Oregon Fruit Dark Sweet Cherries well drained

1 Tbs. Cherry Kirsch

1 Tbs Crème d’ Cacao

8oz bittersweet chocolate

8 oz semisweet chocolate

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 Tbs vanilla extract

24 oz Milk Chocolate Chips

2 Tbs shortening

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Instructions:

Drain the cherries and add the brandy and crème d’ cacao and toss gently. Soak over night.

Melt the bittersweet and semisweet chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat. (If you don’t have a double boiler use any saucepan with water at a steady simmer with a bowl over it. Best if the bottom of the bowl isn’t in the water).

When melted and smooth, stir in the sweetened condensed milk.

It will be sticky like melted marshmallows.  Stir in the vanilla and the chocolate will get shiny.

Let cool to room temperature. Spray your hands frequently with cooking spray. This is messy!!  Drain the cherries. Pick up a rounded teaspoonful of the truffle mixture and  wrap around a cherry. Roll until you have a smooth ball.  Put on a tray lined with parchment or wax paper.  Freeze overnight.

Melt the milk chocolate with the shortening in the double boiler or microwave stirring until smooth.  Dip the truffle balls in the chocolate and lift out of the chocolate with a fork tapping gently to release any excess.  Put on a clean piece of parchment or wax paper and sprinkle with a little coarse ground sea salt while still warm.

Using a toothpick to slide the truffle off the fork and to score the chocolate so that the bottoms are clean is a great tip.  Let the truffles cool and the milk chocolate to set.

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