Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chocolate truffle making class

As a pre-Valentine's Day celebration, last week David and I took a chocolate truffle making class. We were provided with a simple and customizable recipe and learned how to add our flavors and even infuse the cream we would put in the chocolate (think lavender!). 
Our mixing bowls were pre-filled and melted and all we had to do was stir. I'd really like to do this kind of cooking at home. So, if someone would please come by and set everything up and measure everything out for me, that would be great. We added the flavoring oursevles. I used ground cinnamon and vanilla. David used a TON of peppermint (he even sprinkled peppermint on top). They tasted like peppermint patties. 

Then we freezed and scooped our our truffles with a tiny cookie scoop. It made very nice round truffles, better than the melon baller. After another stint in the freezer, we were ready to decorate our truffles. We coated them in powder sugar, cocoa powder and melted chocolate. The melted chocolate allowed for sprinkles, peppermint bits and shimmery pearls. Then at the end of the night, we filled our little Chinese take-out boxes full of truffles. Does anyone want any truffles? I have 42...
If you want to make your own chocolate truffles Fine Cooking has an excellent recipe very similar to what we made. They have great technique photos and a variety of ideas for toppings and flavors. And if you're near Evanston, Illinois, we took our class at Now We're Cookin'. Very fun class and a great teacher. We even got some bubbly, which is always important when you're cooking.

14 comments:

  1. Those truffles look so professional and gorgeous! I'm very impressed! I'm also impressed that there are any left if it's been since last week.

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  2. Thanks!

    Haha I know! I think we inhaled so much chocolate during the class we were sick of it.

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  3. That is the most awesome thing ever to take a class with your husband. My husband and I have been looking for a class to take together as well. This would have been perfect, we both certainly LOVE food! Great job on the truffles!

    - Brandi

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    1. Thanks! It was a great, you should definitely take one!

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  4. What a great thing for you to do together! I love this idea! I wish we could find stuff like this around here, but there's no reason we couldn't do it at home. Except I'd probably just take over and do it myself. Because I do that in the kitchen. It might be worth it to have the truffles though!

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    1. Yeah you could totally do that at home! It would be a really fun night in. I usually take over too. And David would agree, I just know a little bit more in the kitchen.

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  5. They turned out amazing looking! I don't think left overs would had survived the way home with hubby and i :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm surprised they made it home too. David took care of a few last night though. :-)

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  6. Oh that looks like a lot of fun. I've always wanted to try a chocolate making class. Im going to have to try it now. =)

    Yours turned out great by the way.

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    1. Thanks! It was a lot of fun, you should definitely give it a try. It's fun being in a class again since it's been a few years since college.

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  7. I. Love. Truffles! Have you ever had the champagne truffles from Teuscher? If you ever get the chance, get your hands on them.
    Your truffles turned out great. They look as good as any boutique chocolatier. Yay for taking this class with your husband. You two are so cute.

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    1. No, I haven't. I'll have to check into that. That sounds good!

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  8. How cool! Those truffles look amazing! Of all the cooking classes, I doubt my husband would fight me on us taking a class that involves chocolate.

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