Chocolate Truffles – Coffee Cardamom, Almond Fig, Pomegranate Pistachio, Sea Salt Strawberry. Melt in your mouth, hand-made truffles are a perfect, thoughtful, and delicious holiday gift.
I love the holidays. And I love giving handmade gifts especially to teachers, close friends, and relatives who have stepped up and taken care by giving their time. In the past, I have often given coffee cakes, cookies and muffins as gifts. This year, my kids wanted to do something different. They voted for truffles. I was a bit apprehensive at first as chocolate is temperamental and sometimes difficult to work with. But we persevered.
A Chocolate Truffle is traditionally made with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, cocoa powder, chopped toasted nuts or candied fruits usually in a spherical shape.
The recipe for the ganache is basic and tastes good by itself or with other flavorings. My freezer is usually full of preserves and jams, made at the height of seasons bounty, so flavorings for the truffles were a simple matter of seeing what was remaining. You can try my combinations but I urge you to carve your own flavorings and let me know your interesting ideas.