Thursday, October 7, 2010

Garlic Chocolate Truffles



This post is merely the recipe corollary to my Project Food Blog dinner party, Desserts in Disguise. Check out the main entry for more on the flavor profile & other delicious desserts.


Ah yes, the elusive garlic truffles. These were the ultimate favorite at last night's dinner party. All of my guests requested goodie bags to take some home to unsuspecting family members and friends. So chocolaty, so rich, so creamy, so garlicky. The ones without garlic were really good, too.

The key to amazing truffles is in the ingredients. However, quality ingredients do not need to cost a fortune. This base recipe is actually one from Ghirardelli, whose 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips I used. They're my emergency chocolate, remember? When melted with cream and butter, the chips take on a beautiful consistency with a wonderfully fruity and buttery taste. They also cost, on average, between $3-4 for an 11.5 ounce bag, and even less when they go on sale during the holidays. If you can't afford a good-quality Cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli's Sweet Ground Chocolate & Cocoa) try chopping up some nuts and rolling your truffles in those instead. I also suggest serving the garlic truffles with a wedge of belgian waffle or perhaps a biscuit-like cookie. The addition mellows out the final notes of garlic.

Now, what I love about truffles on the party-throwing front is that they can be made days ahead and that you can take one recipe and make a variety of flavors. The only obnoxious part is scooping and rolling your truffles. Never do that when it's 95F out and you don't live in air conditioning. It sucks.








Garlic Chocolate Truffles
Makes 30 Truffles

8 oz. 60% bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup dutch-process cocoa
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. minced garlic











Bring your cream to a simmer. Chop butter into smaller pieces, add to cream, and stir until melted. Then add your chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat and pour into a shallow bowl or dish. At this point, mix in your raw, finely minced garlic. If you'd like to make a few flavors, separate into different bowls, and then cut down the garlic proportionally. You can also add a liqueur or even a jam to some of the chocolate.

Allow ganache to cool, then cover, and refrigerate until firm--about 2 hours. You can do this 1 to 2 days before. If you go over the 2 hours, allow to sit out for about 30 minutes to make scooping easier.


Using a melon baller, spoon, or even your teaspoon, scoop the ganache and roll into 1-inch balls. Your hands are going to get chocolaty, but if you feel like too much is ending up on your fingers, place the ganache in the freezer for a few minutes, and lick your fingers while you wait. After you've completed your balling, roll in a shallow bowl filled with cocoa powder or chopped nuts.


Truffles will keep in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

26 comments:

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Wow, this sounds really interesting! I adore garlic but with chocolate? I'd never say no until I tried it!

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

Those truffles look delicious! I can't imagine what garlic truffles taste like though - I am very intrigued:)

baking.serendipity said...

I never thought to combine chocolate and garlic, though I have to admit these truffles look delicious :) A perfect indulgent treat.

this designer cooks said...

I would never have dreamed this! I think I must try it!!!

Isabelle said...

These are beyond awesome! I'm totally saving this recipe for the next time we have some adventurous guests over for dinner (actually, I already have some victims... errr... lucky recipients in mind!)

roxan said...

These look amazing! I'd go to your dinner party JUST for these :) Please invite me next time!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

WOW...wow. We always make truffle at Christmas. This is going to have to go on the experimental list. It is truly creative!

Monet said...

This is so very creative...I would have never thought to do this...but that is what made your dinner so amazing! You brought together a great group of people and introduced them to new flavors and ideas! Thank you for sharing this...I would have loved to sample one of these.

Megan said...

Oh my, do I dare? I feel like I must try these. I dont suppose you have any leftovers to send me, huh? ;)
No, I suppose not. I guess I'll just have to get brave!

Rico said...

Are you sure about this ....garlic and chocolate...please I am very intrigued could you describe the taste/flavour..is it really nice or is it an acquired taste thing.
I must say they look delicious and very very edible.

Rico-Tried and Tested

Recipes

Baking Barrister said...

@Rico -- in my main post (linked to at the top) I describe the flavor as thus: "It's surprisingly good--chocolate, spice, then garlic, then chocolate again."

Carolyn said...

I *think* you sold me. Maybe I will make a teeny tiny batch, just to taste it!

Beth said...

What an interesting combination..two of my favorite flavors..I'll definitely have to try this one day!

Angie said...

The fusion of sweet & savory is by far my favorite...these look amazing!! I do chocolate & cheese all the time & ppl think I am nuts. Can't wait to make these. Thanks for the inspiration!!

The Enchanted Cook said...

These look delicious - I would've never imagined saying that about garlic and chocolate together! Innovative and creative! Congrats on the top 9!

Best,
Veronica

Judy said...

Congrats on making the top 9!

Hot Polka Dot's Mom

Adelina said...

love the garlic truffles! I think I would love these since I pretty much put garlic in everything!

TheChocolatePriestess said...

I have to tell you that the thought of garlic makes me hesitate since I'm not a fan of garlic at all.

Megan@foodalution.com said...

Congrats on top 9... and who knew you could put garlic in truffles... I never would have tried that! love it! - megs

Amy said...

Oh my...these sound so good and so creative! I love garlic, and I bet these were fabulous!

Suchitra said...

Love chocolates and love garlic- never eaten these two together...kinda curious how will it taste! loved the recipe

iloveleftovers said...

You are kidding me. *Garlic* truffles? I want them.

briarrose said...

Interesting flavor combination and just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Garlic is great with chocolate in the right amount, and it compliments darker chocolate and a little sea salt on top very well!

Anonymous said...

Hmm, I have a family style dinner tonight - the theme is garlic and I always bring dessert. Must give these a try!

Rachel Macdonald said...

I just Googled a garlic chocolate recipe because immediately after eating a grilled cheese with mayo mixed with minced garlic, I ate a mini aero chocolate bar and mixed with the garlic taste from the mayo it was amazing haha. I can already imagine how good these will be

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