Chocolate Truffle Recipe for Beginners

A Chocolate Truffle Recipe is a popular creation in every French kitchen. With satisfaction guaranteed in every bite, you can barely suppress the urge to indulge in more!

You don't have to settle for plain chocolate either. You may choose to experiment and add your favorite flavors to give your truffles an interesting or exotic appeal.

You don't need to be French, speak French, eat in a French restaurant, or fly to France just to savor this sweet delight.

You can make chocolate truffles in your own kitchen that you and your family will just love. It really isn't as difficult as you might think.

This easy truffle recipe is very basic, but basic can be very good. Don't be deceived by the simplicity of the recipe. Some of my best desserts are unbelievably simple to throw together.

Easy Chocolate Truffle Recipe

When you make truffles, there are two parts - the center and the coating. The center is usually made of a mixture called ganache. The coating can be just about anything you like.

Here's what you'll need to get started:

Ganache centers -

  • 1 cup of heavy cream (Creme Fraiche is great)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp. unsalted butter
  • 14 oz of dark chocolate

(You can use milk chocolate if you prefer, but high quality chocolate which is approximately 70% or unsweetened baking chocolate of a very high quality is usually suggested by the connoisseurs.)

Coating - 

  • 8 oz of additional dark chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups of high quality cocoa powder (optional)

  1. Break up chocolate in a bowl and set it aside.

  2. Heat cream in a saucepan until just before the boil. You'll see tiny bubbles start to form when it's ready. Add the butter to the cream and then pour the cream over the chocolate and whisk gently until completely melted, adding the pinch of salt to bring out the great chocolate flavor.

  3. Chill the mixture until set (couple of hours).

  4. Remove from fridge and form balls with the ganache.

  5. Melt remaining chocolate and dip the ganache balls into the chocolate and then roll them in the cocoa powder if desired.

As I mentioned earlier, you can really play around with this easy truffle recipe and add a bit of zest to the cream while heating, or a flavoring to the ganache (rum, brandy, orange, hazelnut, etc).

You can also experiment with different toppings like crushed nuts or coconut; Or mix some spices into your cocoa powder like cinnamon or chili powder.

What sounds good to you? Give it a try and maybe you'll come up with your own unique flavor combination. Tell us about it if you do!

Have a Question About Truffles or a Favorite Recipe to Share?

Do you have a Truffle recipe idea that you picked up somewhere along the way? Share it with the rest of us! If you've got a photo, please do show off a bit. We'd love to see your work.

If you have a question about making your own truffle candy, ask away. Hopefully your fellow chocoholics can share some of their candy making techniques.

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