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Thursday, February 21

Truffles cont’d…the secret ingredient

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While my attempt at chocolate truffles may not have been stellar, I did forget to mention something I discovered that I HAVE to share with you all…something I did RIGHT.


I’ve always heard that coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate. I’m not a big coffee fan, so usually when a chocolate recipe calls for it, oops, I left it out. However, I decided to give it a try this time around. Let me tell ya, what they say is true. The truffles do not taste like coffee at all AND the chocolate taste is so much richer. (As if you need to make truffles as rich as possible…but if you’re gonna go, go all the way, right?) ANYWAY…it’s true, it’s true. The coffee definitely gave the chocolate taste more depth. It’s an amazing little trick.

For all you coffee drinkers out there, yes, I used nasty instant granules. I know, I know. NASTY. But when you only need 1 tablespoon in a recipe AND you know you’re not going to taste the coffee anyway…well, instant granules here I come.

If your truffle recipe doesn’t have coffee in it, you could probably just add 1 Tbsp and be safe. I would just add it at the end when you add in the other flavorings, like liqueur or oils.

So far my friend Dottie is the only one to share a recipe and truffle techniques (thank you, Dottie!!). I know there are more experts out there! Get over to my original truffle post and help me out already! :)

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6 Comments »

  1. 1
    Tiffany

    That looks so good. You are making me drool! I really want to try to make truffles sometime! We should make it together!

  2. 2
    Jessica

    This is completely off the subject. I noticed a couple menus back that you were making sausage, pepper & onion sandwiches- could I get a recipe for that? It’s been floating around in the back of my head since I saw it.

  3. 3
    Jane Maynard

    hey jessica – I just put the “recipe” (ha ha) over on the main dishes recipe page

    http://www.thisweekfordinner.com/2007/02/recipes-main-dishes.html

    seriously, nothing fancy, but they are REALLY good.

  4. 4
    Jessica

    Thanks Jane!

  5. 5
    Lindsay

    is it too late to leave a comment on this post? i added a teaspoon of ground espresso to my homemade chocolate cake with ganache, and the cake was awesome. not being a coffee drinker either, i didn’t want to buy a whole jar or bag of coffee. i just went to the section in the grocery store where you can fresh grind your own beans. i put about 1/4 cup in the grinder, and it ended up costing about 50 cents. perfect for people like us.

  6. 6
    Jane Maynard

    good tip!!!

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