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Monday, January 7, 2008


I made truffles. That's right--not a typo.

Inasmuch as I am not legal to work in Canada, and not eligible for in-province tuition prices, I basically spend my days thinking of things to do to entertain myself. I am not complaining--who wouldn't want six months of completely free time to do anything she wanted? I have all kinds of fantastic ideas floating around in my head--home renovation projects, how I want to design our bedroom, what I am going to plant in my square foot garden come spring. I really am enjoying this phase of my life. {Explaining to other people what I do during the day, however...that's a different story entirely.}

But I lost track of what I was originally talking about: truffles. Now, I have never to my knowledge eaten a truffle before, but I happened upon a recipe for them during my daily foray into the blogging world, and became obsessed with wanting to make them. I've had lots (and lots and lots) of Lindor Lindt Balls, but these are kind of different. Here's the low-down, should you ever decide to make truffles of your very own:

Finely chop some baking chocolate (your favourite kind) and place in a mixing bowl. Then take whole whipping cream and pour into a stove-top pot. Heat the cream on the pot and when it's almost boiling, remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl over the baking chocolate. Stir the cream and chopped chocolate together until smooth (oh, so deliciously smooth). What you will have created is a ganache (guh-nawsh). [Watch the three-minute movie on the "ganache" link to see what it will look like.] After you have made your ganache and let it solidify, you can either roll it in straight cocoa powder and be done, or you can roll it around in straight melted chocolate and then in cocoa powder (thus forming a chocolate shell, similar to that of a Lindor Lindt Ball). Refrigerate in an airtight container and send them to work with anyone who will take them. This is when a husband comes in handy. For me, anyway.

Since I am not a food blogger (I know, I know--my blog has no defined purpose. It has an identity complex already, so don't bring it up), I am not going to do beautiful step-by-step photos of the entire process. {Someone else already did that.} Instead, I will just show you the finished product:

Et voila! Bon appetit!

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Blogger Raygon said...

I wish we lived closer so I could help you eat all this yummy food you have been making! Those look delicious! Congratulations. Glad to see you are using your free time wisely. Dont get caught up watching Young and the Resless everyday, that could cause trouble. Stick with cooking and organizing. Lucky! I wish I could do that everyday.

January 8, 2008 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger lindser-lou said...

what kind of camera do you have? because if i ever tried to take a cool picture like this last one, i would fail miserably. Everything would be out of focus and i'd look ridiculous....

props to you and your truffle making! I am so proud! Desserts and candies of the like are not my forte. I found i have to stick to crock-pot fail proof foods.

p.s. - i miss you.

like, a lot.

January 8, 2008 at 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am thoroughly impressed. How did they taste? Perhaps we could make some of these while you are here...? Is there any way to make them sugar free? If not, oh well. We could still make them and find something to do with them. I can't wait until you come!

P.S.: It's time to change the music! Switch it up!!!

January 8, 2008 at 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Normally I don't read the links you insert in your postings, much to your chagrin, I know. However, I was curious about the process of ganache making, so I thought I'd better check out the link to that movie. I have to say that the clip was quite interesting (as was the cook conducting the session!), and I think I could tackle this feat. It did sound quite intimidating to tackle this culinary endeavor, but I can see now that it was quite simple. I can also tell that there isn't anyway to make this low fat or sugar free. Oh well. Let's still make them, and we'll send them to work with Clint.

January 8, 2008 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Camille said...

Raygon--If I do watch TV during the day, it's either the TLC channel, or HGTV, or a station called W (which is basically the same as TLC). And only the cooking shows or the home-ish ones. Not to worry.

Lindser-Lou--I MISS YOU TOO! I miss everything about AZ, actually. Good thing I am coming down there in a week!

Adell--I think making truffles with you and Gwidon will be the highlight of my trip. And I changed the music--enjoy!

January 8, 2008 at 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Melenie said...

oh. my. chocolatey. goodness.

those would have been spectacular on scrapbooking night!

January 8, 2008 at 7:39 PM  

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