Contributed by: NAPSA
Elegant Holiday Truffles a Breeze to Whip Up
(NAPSA) - Homemade chocolate truffles, a blissful pleasure, are surprisingly easy to make at home. For busy holiday cooks, chocolate truffles are a good choice because they are made ahead, freeing the cook from last-minute dessert frazzles.
Don't let the lofty origins of truffles put you off. For everyday cooks, chocolate truffles are fairly straightforward. Even the kids can help in the kitchen by rolling the finished truffles in cocoa.
Noel Truffles with Raisins are a charming gift to take along to holiday celebrations, too. This recipe makes enough for a hostess gift with more to grace a seasonal buffet table at home. To dress them up for giving, place each truffle in a gold foil candy cup and package in an ornate gift box or tin.
Combine raisins and juice (or liqueur) in blender container or food processor. Pulse until raisins are coarsely chopped; set aside.
Heat cream, butter and egg yolk in a 2 quart saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until mixture just starts to simmer. Continue to stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Add chocolate. Let stand 1 minute. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is completely smooth. Stir in raisins and liquid. Transfer mixture to a bowl and chill until firm, 2-3 hours.
Scoop tablespoons and roll with hand into small balls about 1 inch in diameter. Roll in cocoa powder, or sift cocoa generously over truffles.
Place in foil or paper candy cups and refrigerate until serving. Serve chilled.
Serving Size: Makes About 30 Truffles
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