Food Friday: Ginger Truffles

December 19, 2008

I don’t bake, at all.  So when I feel compelled to create and distribute sweets this time of year I usually turn to candy.  These truffles look fancy but are fairly simple and a little goes a long way. 

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2 bars (4 oz each) bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1/2 cup plus 2 tsp heavy (whipping) cream

1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

2 Tbsp cognac or other very good brandy

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Line an 8 inch square baking pan with nonstick foil, letting foil extend above pan on 2 sides

Stir chocolate and cream in a small saucepan over low heat until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth.  Remove from heat.

Stir in ginger, Cognac and vanilla until blended.  Pour into prepared pan; spread evenly.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours until set. 

Lift foil from pan. Remove from foil to a cutting board.  Cut with a sharp knife into 6 rows lengthwise and 6 rows crosswise*.  Sift coco or confectioners sugar over top, dip in chocolate coating or serve as is.**

* I know they looks small, trust me…they are rich

** If you choose to leave them plain you can twist them in small strips of wax paper for gifts.  Decorated, they look very beautiful in a  tin.

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6 Responses to “Food Friday: Ginger Truffles”

  1. Matt Says:

    Once I get a girl, I plan on making her read your blog every friday and cook whatever recipe is on this page.

    Matt, meet my friend Erin….

  2. f.B Says:

    i can manage not baking. i can do that.

    so i’m gonna try this. i think it’ll make someone very happy

    This will make anyone happy. I plan on sending some to Israel/Palestine in an effort towards world peace.

  3. Jennie Says:

    They are so beautiful!!

    To be fair, mine never come out quite that pretty. But they are delicious regardless of how they look.

  4. Erin Says:

    Once I get a boy, I’m gonna make him read your blog every Friday and cook me whatever recipe is on this page.

    Erin, meet my friend Matt…

  5. Beth Says:

    this is pretty intimidating. but delicious intimidating.

    hope you are having a good new england snowed-in friday!!

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