Kentucky bourbon truffles
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Kentucky bourbon truffles
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:46:07 AM. Recipe ID 6230. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Kentucky bourbon truffles
 Categories: Candies
      Yield: 24 Truffles
    1/2 lb Dark semisweet chocolate*
    1/2 c  Heavy cream
  1 1/2 tb Finest Kentucky bourbon
           Droste cocoa or
           Shaved chocolate Drayettes
  *Callebaut, Lindt, Tobler or any fine imported chocolate.
  Break chocolate into small pieces.  Combine it with the cream in the
  top of a double boiler over simmering hot water (not boiling). Stir
  the chocolate and cream constantly until chocolate has melted and
  ganache is smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool.  When the
  ganache has cooled, stir in bourbon.
  Pour the mixture into a small bowl.  Cover with foil and refrigerate
  overnight or several days if desired.
  When ready to make the candy, line a baking sheet with foil.
  Working with a small amount of the ganache at a time, using about 1
  1/2 tsp. each, form into balls.  Place them on the sheet. (Work
  quickly, using your fingertips and not the palm of your hands to help
  keep the mixture from becoming overly soft.)
  Keep the chocolate balls cold, if possible, by placing them a few at
  a time on a tray in the refrigerator. Leave the chocolate balls
  lightly covered in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight,
  if desired.
  Sprinkle a pastry sheet with cocoa or chocolate shavings or Drayelle.
  Roll each ball into the cocoa or shavings, covering them well.
  Refrigerate at once and leave until the truffles are quite firm -
  several hours or overnight.
  Place each truffle in a fluted silver or paper cup in a tin box and
  keep refrigerated.
  Serve very cold.  Will keep several weeks under refrigeration.
  Glenn writes: "All the world loves chocolate, and chocolate truffles
  are the world's most luscious trompe l'oeil. We have no clue as to
  the name of the clever cook who first created these candies so
  beautifully camouflaged in the shape of a truffle, but it would be a
  very safe bet that he was a Frenchman - and from truffle country.
  "In contrast to most hand-dipped chocolates, which, to a great extent
  belong in the province of the professional candy maker and should look
  precisely turned out, chocolate truffles are supposed to look somewhat
  rugged.  If they looked too neat and evenly rounded, they wouldn't
  resemble their namesake - the knobbly real-life Perigord truffle.
  "No pig is needed to sniff around in the deep forest of the Perigord
  to find where these truffles grow! All one needs is a small kitchen
  space, a double-boiler of sorts, a spoon or two, a baking sheet, and
  a cold spot to let the candy chill."
  "In every phase of the culinary arts, flavor is everything; and
  premium ingredients must be used to achieve the subtle counterpoint
  of flavors that are possible with the candies given here.
  "The ideal way to store or to prepare truffles as gifts is to place
  each one in a tiny fluted silver or paper cup made for the purpose,
  then fit them in single layers in a tight tin box. Wrap the box as
  happily as you wish.  Few gifts could say 'Have a Merry Christmas!'
  any better.
  "Bourbon whiskey has a great affinity for chocolate; however, no
  whiskey or liqueur can be added directly to any chocolate; it hardens
  it beyond repair.  In using liqueurs when making chocolate candies,
  frostings, etc., the alcohol must be combined with cream first. The
  French call the combination of chocolate and cream a 'ganache' and
  that is the base of many candies, especially truffles."
  From Camille Glenn's 12/01/93 "Flavor to Taste" column called
  "Visions of Sugarplums: These Truffles and Candies Just Shout 'Merry
  Christmas'" in "The (Louisville, KY) Courier-Journal." Pg. C1. Typed
  for you by Cathy Harned.

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Recipe ID 6230 (Apr 03, 2005)

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