Dark Chocolate Orange Truffle

Adrienne Conza, Staff Writer

Everyone loves to receive food as a gift, especially chocolate.  So one of my favorite gifts to give around the holidays is a box of homemade dark chocolate orange truffles. These truffles taste of rich chocolate with a colorful hint of oranges. The bright taste of citrus adds another dimension to the dark and velvety chocolate. And the best part is that they are really easy to make!

All you need is:

-2 oranges

-8 oz + 10 oz of dark chocolate (My favorite type is Ghiradelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate)

-½ cup heavy cream

-candied orange peel, or other garnish (optional)

To make your truffles:

  1. Grate orange rind into a sauce pan with ½ cup of heavy cream
  2. heat the orange rind and heavy cream on low heat until bubbles form around the sides of the pan, then remove it from the heat and let it sit for half an hour.  This infuses the cream with the orange flavor.
  3. Using a fine grater or a microplane grater, grate the rind of the other orange, cover the finely grated peel with plastic wrap, and set it aside.
  4. After 30 minutes, measure out 8 grams of semisweet chocolate chips
  5. Pour the cream and orange mixture over a strainer onto the semisweet chocolate chips.  The large orange rinds should stay behind in the strainer so only the orange-infused cream is mixed with the chocolate chips.
  6. Heat the cream and chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds, then stir.
  7. If all of the chocolate chips are not melted yet, heat them again for 30 seconds, and stir until all of the chocolate chips are fully melted and the cream is incorporated into the melted chocolate.
  8. Stir in the finely grated orange peel and allow the mixture to cool slightly before placing it in the refrigerator for about 2-3 hours or until it is firm, but not completely solid.
  9. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  10. Use a mini cookie scoop or a spoon to scoop out the hardened chocolate mixture and roll them into balls.  Place them about about an inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. You can really make them any size you want, just remember that the finished truffles will be slightly larger because these chocolate balls will have a chocolate shell.
  11. Place the tray of truffles in the freezer for about 2 hours until they are completely set.
  12. Once your truffles have firmed up, melt the remaining 10 oz of dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each one.Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 5.43.25 PM
  13. Allow the melted chocolate to cool slightly before removing your truffles from the freezer. Dip the truffles into the melted chocolate using a fork, and set them back on the tray for the chocolate to harden.
  14. Before the chocolate hardens, you can add your candied orange peel or any other garnish onto the top of your truffles.
  15. Place your truffles in the refrigerator for about half an hour or until the chocolate has completely hardened. And voila! Your dark chocolate orange truffles are finished!

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