Give expensive specialty chocolates a run for their money this Valentine's Day by trying your hand at making easier-than-you-think truffles. And you can personalize these delicious treats with your sweetie's favorite coatings or a splash of flavored liqueur.
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Dash of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon liqueur (optional)
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- Place the chocolate, butter, and cream in a double boiler, a small metal bowl that fits snugly over a small saucepan, filled halfway with water. Simmer over medium heat until melted.
- Remove the chocolate mixture from heat and whisk in the sea salt, vanilla, and liqueur if desired. Coffee or orange liqueur really elevates the flavor of these easy truffles.
- Pour the truffle base into an 8 by 8-inch baking pan, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for two hours.
- Place the truffle coatings in small dishes and remove the truffle base from the fridge. Use a small spoon, or melon baller, to create small rounds of chocolate and then drop in the coatings, rolling to coat.
- Keep coated truffles in the fridge until ready to serve.