What’s Valentine’s Day without some chocolate, right?
Adapted from Joy of Baking
- 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
- 8 oz. dark chocolate
- 1 cup heavy cream, infused with 2 tbsp dried lavender buds
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- Cocoa powder for dusting
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces and set aside in a mixing bowl.
- In a small saucepan, bring heavy cream and dried lavender to a boil and keep on medium heat at a simmer for 10-15 minutes. Pour mixture through a strainer into a small bowl and discard the lavender buds.
- Return the lavender-infused cream to the saucepan and combine with butter. Bring to a boil and keep at medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes, then pour the boiling heavy cream over the chocolate mixture. Let the chocolate and cream sit for another minute, then mix with a spatula until chocolate is melted. (If there are any chunks of chocolate that don’t melt, heat the mixture over a hot water bath until all the chocolate melts.)
- Refrigerate the chocolate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, until the chocolate is set – mixture will be a solid, hard block, so let sit for about 30 minutes at room temperature until the mixture is pliable.
- Take a melon baller or small spoon and scoop out the truffles. Dust with cocoa powder and store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Chocolate truffles are one of the easiest candies to make – it’s just heavy cream, a bit of butter, and chocolate. That means they also lend themselves to experimentation really well. I’m still on my lavender kick, so I infused lavender into the heavy cream to give these truffles a floral flavor.
The end result is a deliciously rich truffle that’s both dark from the chocolate but also light from the lavender. It’s a great pairing that works best with darker chocolates, so don’t even think about replacing it with milk chocolate.
The great thing about truffles is that they’re rich and decadent without being tooth-achingly sweet. And they have such a concentrated chocolate flavor, they’re the perfect hit for a chocoholic without making you feel like you need to go to the dentist afterwards.