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Elizabeth LaBau

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Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Friday May 23, 2014
We're on the brink of berry season, which means it's time to start stocking up on berries and heading into the kitchen! If you're looking for a great berry recipe for Memorial Day weekend, look no further--these Chocolate Raspberry Truffles are calling your name. The filling is a soft, rich chocolate ganache with a sweet-tart berry flavor. These truffles are made with frozen raspberries, so you can enjoy them even if quality, fresh raspberries haven't reached your markets yet. Put out a platter of these at your Memorial Day party and watch how quickly they disappear!

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Chocolate Raspberry Truffles Photo ©2014 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Chewy Caramel Truffles

Thursday May 22, 2014
Chewy Caramel Truffles combine the best parts of truffles and caramels in one candy. The center of this truffle has the rich, silky taste of a milk chocolate truffle, but with a bit of "chew" and a deep caramel flavor like many caramels. If you don't want to dip them in chocolate, these are also excellent rolled in chopped toasted pecans.

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Chewy Caramel Truffles Photo ©2010 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Burnt Almond Truffles

Wednesday May 21, 2014
What's in a name? In the case of these Burnt Almond Truffles, there is some seriously false advertising. Make no mistake, there is nothing burned (or otherwise wrong) with these Burnt Almond Truffles. The misleading name actually comes from the dark, complex flavors in these candies, which feature sour cream, dark chocolate, and toasted almonds. The depth of flavor and the interplay of bitter and sweet tastes makes these truffles more sophisticated than your standard truffle made from just chocolate and cream.

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Burnt Almond Truffles Photo ©2014 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Pistachio Orange Truffles

Tuesday May 20, 2014
Knock Knock.
Who's there?
Orange.
Orange who?
ORANGE you craving these Pistachio Orange Truffles now?

Thank you, thank you very much! I'll be here all week! Try the veal!

Seriously, though, these Pistachio Orange Truffles are totally crave-worthy. They start with a rich chocolate ganache flavored with fresh orange zest. The silky, creamy ganache is rolled in a coating of chopped pistachios, which adds the perfect nutty, slightly salty and savory contrast to the filling. They're easy to make, but delicious and elegant enough to give as a gift or serve at the end of a party. And that's no joke!

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Pistachio Orange Truffles Photo ©2014 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Rose Marshmallows

Friday May 9, 2014
Rose Marshmallows combine three of my favorite things: rose-flavored desserts, chocolate, and fresh flowers! These light and fluffy homemade marshmallows are flavored with rose water for a delicate floral taste. Leave them plain or dip them in chocolate--both options are great! If you opt for the chocolate dip, you can top them with (unsprayed, pesticide-free) rose petals to turn them into a one-of-a-kind candy bouquet!

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Rose Marshmallows Photo ©2014 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Lavender Fudge

Thursday May 8, 2014
If you had told me ten years ago that I'd be obsessed with a lavender-flavored candy, I would have thought you were insane. However, here we are in 2014, and I'm composing odes to this Lavender Fudge in my head.

Oh lavender, sweet lavender, with flavor pure and true,
Dear lavender, oh lavender, into a fudge I will put you!

Okay, so it needs a little work. But I can't help that this fudge brings out my inner poet! It's ridiculously smooth and creamy, with a melt-in-your-mouth texture and a light lavender flavor. I topped mine with a drizzle of chocolate and a wee fondant flower, but it really doesn't need any garnishes to shine!

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Lavender Fudge Photo ©2014 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Jasmine Tea Truffles

Monday May 5, 2014
This week we're celebrating Mom with desserts worth of a Mother's Day tea! First up, Jasmine Tea Truffles - they're beautiful and elegant, just like mom!

How do you infuse a truffle with jasmine tea flavor? Turns out it's not unlike brewing a cup of tea! Add your favorite jasmine green tea bags to a pan of hot cream for a time, then remove them before you mix the cream and chocolate together. This simple method yields a truffle with a deliciously complex flavor, with hints of jasmine flowers, leafy green tea, and a mix of milk and dark chocolates. These truffles are a must-try for tea lovers, but even those who don't drink tea will probably enjoy the delicate, complex, flowery flavor the jasmine tea adds.

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Photo ©2013 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Dulce de Leche Fudge

Sunday May 4, 2014
This might just be the best idea I've had all year. I took a typical microwave fudge recipe, which is made with chocolate chips and condensed milk, and replaced the chocolate with white chocolate, and the condensed milk with dulce de leche. It's a simple change, but it makes a BIG difference. Basic chocolate fudge morphed into an intensely rich fudge full of caramel flavor! This fudge comes together in 5 minutes, and it has a wonderful smooth, creamy texture, and the delicious taste of dulce de leche! I wanted to give mine a little crunch, so I added some toasted pecans, but you can substitute other nuts, or omit them entirely, if you'd like.

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Dulce de Leche Fudge Photo ©2014 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Aztec Truffles

Thursday May 1, 2014
Aztec Truffles are the ultimate gourmet fake-out. Truffles always seems decadent and sophisticated, but in reality, they're incredibly simple to make. At their most basic, truffles are just chocolate and cream, yet the velvety, melt-in-your-mouth texture elevate them to dessert status.

These Aztec truffles are fragrant with orange, cinnamon, a hint of spiciness, and of course, dark chocolate. You'll be amazed at the complex flavors you can create from such a simple recipe!

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Aztec Truffles Photo ©2014 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Mexican Chocolate Fudge

Tuesday April 29, 2014
Cinco de Mayo is coming, and if you know me, you KNOW I've been stocking up on Mexican chocolate. I don't love to eat this grainy chocolate on its own, but I like to make hot chocolate with it, and I love the flavor and texture it gives to candies and baked goods.

One of my favorite uses for Mexican chocolate is in this recipe for Mexican Chocolate Fudge . It starts with a smooth fudge spiced by cinnamon and a hint of spice. Chopped Mexican chocolate is added to the top of the still-wet fudge for crunch and an extra flavor boost. If you've never experienced the unique texture and flavor of Mexican chocolate, this is a great introduction to the gritty, cinnamon-scented treat. ¡Buen provecho!

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