· 8 oz of good quality milk chocolate, chopped
· 1/2 cup of heavy cream, (ie. Whipping cream)
· ½ cup all natural peanut butter (I like MaraNatha Smooth Organic Peanut Butter or Kraft Natural Smooth Peanut Butter)
· 12 oz milk chocolate, chopped & set aside 3 ounces for ‘seeding’ – see my tempering chocolate page
· 1 cup of Skor bits AND/OR shaved milk chocolate or finely chopped or ground peanuts (to grind, whirl in blender for a few seconds)
To make the truffle mix:
1. Place the 8 ounces of chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
2. Pour the cream into a small saucepan and place on the stovetop on medium-to-high heat. Bring just to a boil (do not let boil, so watch it closely).
3. Pour over the chopped chocolate and stir slowly with a wooden spoon until smooth. If the chunks are not melting well, place over a double boiler (if using a stainless steel bowl) or in the microwave (if using a glass or plastic bowl) for 10 second intervals and stir until melted.
4. Warm peanut butter in microwave for about 20 seconds – until just warm (not hot).
5. Stir the peanut butter into the cream-and-chocolate mixture. Stir until smooth.
6. Place a lid (or plastic wrap) on the bowl and set aside for 6 to 8 hours, until set (i.e. thick enough to roll balls).
To make the truffle balls:
1. Once set, scoop out small amounts of truffle mix using a spoon and roll into balls. Choose whatever size you like (the recipe makes about 40 to 50 small truffles, or 30 to 40 large truffles). TIP: Use food preparation gloves to prevent heat transfer (to prevent melting!) and to keep your hands clean.
2. Place on waxed paper and cover with plastic wrap while you prepare your coating.
You have a few options to coat your truffles.
1. Dip them in melted and tempered milk chocolate to have a shiny, milk chocolate shell. If you do not know how to temper chocolate, visit my 'Tempering Chocolate’ page for instructions for melting and tempering your coating chocolate.
2. Dip them in the in the tempered chocolate and immediately roll them in ground peanuts, Skor bits or shaved chocolate. I whirled some Skor bits and roasted peanuts in a blender for a few seconds (do not blend for too long or you will have peanut butter!). This gives the truffles a lot of additional volume and a tasty crunchy, crispy shell.
3. Skip the dipping, and make it simple by rolling your truffle balls in the chopped peanuts, Skor or shaved milk chocolate. These still taste great and add a flavour punch to any dessert tray, without all the extra work!
Note: The recipes that I post on this blog are a result of experimentation in my commercial kitchen until I get just the right combination. There is no reference on this recipe, because it is my own creation!