Gingerbread Truffles

GingerBread Truffles 150 Author: Canadian Living Credits: GingerBread Truffles 150

Warm spices of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg infuse the cream of these truffles with subtle gingerbread flavour. We prefer the quality of Lindt or Callebaut chocolate bars.

  • Portion size 36 servings
  • Credits : Holiday Best: 2008 - on newsstands now!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cinnamon stick broken
  • 2 gingerroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter cubed
  • 2 milk chocolate finely chopped
  • 1 bittersweet chocolate finely chopped
Coating:
  • 8 oz quality 70% bittersweet chocolate tempered
Garnish:
  • 36 crystallized ginger

Method

In saucepan heat together cream, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg until bubbles form around edge; remove from heat. Cover and let steep for 1 hour.

Strain through cheesecloth-lined sieve into clean saucepan. Add butter; heat until melted and bubbles form around edge.

Place milk chocolate bar and bittersweet chocolate bar in heatproof bowl; whisk in hot cream mixture until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Using melon baller or teaspoon, drop by heaping 1 tsp (5 mL) onto 2 waxed paper-lined baking sheets to make 36 pieces. Gently roll each to round off. Refrigerate until hard, about 1 hour. Reroll to smooth edges; refrigerate. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Coating: Keep tempered chocolate between 88° and 92°F (31° and 32°C) over hot water or heating pad. Using candy-dipping fork or 2 forks, dip each truffle centre into chocolate, tapping fork on edge of bowl to remove excess. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet.

Garnish: Using skewer or toothpick, dab melted chocolate onto each piece of crystallized ginger. Centre on top of each truffle. Refrigerate until coating is hardened, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate between waxed paper in airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Nutritional facts Per piece: about

  • Sodium 14 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 103.0
  • Total fat 8 g
  • Cholesterol 11 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 9 g

%RDI

  • Iron 11.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 0.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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