Day 44: “Martha Stewart’s Dinner at Home”
February 13, 2011
With Valentines coming and all the hype of giving the perfect gift for men and women alike, I give what I give best…..a home cooked meal. Part of our Valentine’s meal was these lovely truffles. I have been taught that chocolate is one of the 5 major food groups and should be included with every meal. In the food pyramid that we are taught in school of healthy meals I think it is located between fruits and vegetables. Nothing says fancy chocolate like a truffle. You can pay several dollars apiece for store-bought truffles. These I made with everything I had at home. I didn’t need to buy a single ingredient.
This is two days in a row with cookbooks from Martha. I must be in the “M” section of the public library where I am finding these cookbooks. I like this cookbook much better than the one from yesterday. If you are wondering why it is for one simple reason….pictures. Glorious pictures for almost every recipe in the cookbook. I like seeing what I am supposed to be making. I really need to take a food styling class to figure out how they take all of those pictures. Although I will say that the picture that I took of the finished truffles looks pretty darn good. Let’s pretend I am a food stylist for a minute and oh and ah over it.
The Ruling: I thought they were great, not too sweet. However you need to be a fan of dark chocolate. How many fans of dark chocolate do I have in my house……umm….that would be one. Next time I might use a milk chocolate and see what happens. For ease of preparation this got a gold star. It really did not take too long and the fact that my oldest son’s girlfriend stirred them for me over the ice bath was a bonus. She may have been bored to death….but I sure appreciate it. You see, we make her work for her meals around here! (just kidding) I only rolled ours in the pistachios and did not bother with the cocoa powder and the peanut brittle. I also did not have brandy so I used an orange flavored liqueur that I had on hand.
Chocolate Truffles, page 258
- 2 ounces roasted, salted pistachios, chopped
- 2 tablespoons best-quality unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
- 2 ounces peanut brittle, finely chopped
- 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, preferably 61% cacao, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon brandy
- Prepare an ice-water bath. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Place pistachios, cocoa powder, and brittle in separate bowls. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl, Bring milk and butter just to a simmer in a saucepan; pour over chocolate, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in brandy.
- Set bowl in ice bath; whisk constantly, scraping sides of bowl, until mixture is thick enough to scoop with a spoon, about 5 minutes. Use a mini ice-cream scoop (or a teaspoon) to form mixture into balls, dropping them into a coating as you go; roll to cover.
- Transfer to prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until set, at least 10 minutes. (Truffles will keep up to 1 week in the refrigerator; store in a single layer in an airtight container.)
To Joyful, Simplified Living,
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