Chocolate truffles (トリュフチョコレート)are a French confection and are very popular in Japan too, especially around Valentine’s Day, which is deeply connected with the custom of giving chocolate gifts. Many people there create homemade concoctions in their own kitchens. Chocolate truffles usually consist of a soft filling (ganache) and a coating of chocolate (couverture) around the filling. It’s very easy to make if you’re not tempering chocolate to coat the ganache. Our recipe simply involves rolling the ganache into balls and coating them with cocoa powder, without any intricate skills needed. Mix two ingredients and chill them long enough, and most of your job is done! If you want to flavor them with some liqueur, go ahead. We used Grand Marnier, but rum or bourbon will work well too. If the chocolate feels too soft when you’re handling it, chill it in the fridge at any point, and that should help. Try making these easy but delicious Chocolate Truffles for your Valentine this year!
Cuisine: French, Japanese
Keyword: chocolate, chocolate truffles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 4 hours
Servings: 15 pieces
- 9 oz milk chocolate block or chips
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1-2 tsp Grand Marnier or liqueur of your choice
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
Chop a block of milk chocolate finely, or use chocolate chips.
Put heavy cream in a pot and heat it until it's just about boiling. Turn off the heat. Add the chocolate, stir gently, and let it sit for 2 minutes until the chocolate melts. Then stir until the mixture is completely homogenized. Transfer the chocolate mixture to a bowl and mix in the Grand Marnier. Chill it in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
Scoop a heaping tablespoon of chocolate with an ice cream scoop. You should get about 15 pieces from the chocolate mixture. Roll each chocolate piece between your hands to form round balls. Coat them with cocoa powder.
Noriko and Yuko, the authors of this site, are both from Japan but now live in California. They love cooking and eating great food, and share a similar passion for home cooking using fresh ingredients. Noriko and Yuko plan and develop recipes together for Japanese Cooking 101. They cook and shoot photos/videos at their home kitchen(s.)