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Truffle Spoons

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Truffle Spoons are magic: you get to enjoy the rich taste and smooth texture of truffles, without any of the work of rolling and dipping them! These clever spoons are filled with soft chocolate ganache, then topped with your favorite decorations like sprinkles, crushed nuts, or toasted coconut.

Truffle Spoons are also the perfect party food. You can display them on large platters, and guests can nibble on the truffles without getting their hands or clothes dirty with melting chocolate or cocoa powder. They can also make great gifts if you package them carefully. After trying these Truffle Spoons, you may never roll another truffle again!

Yield: 16-20 Truffle Spoons

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 oz heavy cream
  • 1/2 oz (1 tbsp) butter, at room temperature
  • 16-20 spoons
  • Toppings of choice (sprinkles, chopped nuts, coconut, etc)

Preparation:

1. Place the finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate in a medium bowl.

2. Pour the heavy cream into a small saucepan and place it over medium heat. Heat the cream until it comes to a simmer and small bubbles appear on the sides of the pan.

3. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and let it sit and soften the chocolate for a minute. Gently whisk the cream and chocolate together until your mixture is shiny and smooth. Whisk in the room temperature butter.

4. Press a layer of cling wrap on top of the chocolate and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes, until it has thickened to the texture of thick fudge sauce—if you were to scoop a spoonful of it, it should be loose enough to easily scoop, but firm enough so that it doesn't run off the spoon.

5. Arrange your spoons on a baking sheet. Depending on the angle of the spoons, you may need to prop the handles up on the edges of the sheet or on a tall book nearby, so that the bowls are fairly flat and not tilted.

6. Transfer the chocolate mixture to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip, or put it into a large zip-top plastic bag with a hole cut in the corner. Pipe the ganache into the bowls of the spoons, filling them completely. Sprinkle the tops with your decorations of choice.

7. Let the spoons set at room temperature until the ganache firms up. It will have the texture of firm peanut butter once it's set. If you are in a rush, you can refrigerate the spoons to speed the process, but for the best taste and texture, let them come to room temperature before serving.

8. Store Truffle Spoons in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Variations: Almost any truffle recipe will work well with this concept, so don't feel you need to stick to the one that is given. If you have a favorite truffle recipe, try making it and assembling it on spoons as written above. You can also dip the entire end of the spoon in tempered chocolate, to make them less delicate and easier to package.

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