CHRISTMAS TIPS/LES TRUFFES AU CHOCOLAT

Hello!I’m so busy during these days that i have no time to upload the blog!So many things both to do and to think about, i’m feeling like on a merry-go-round! Here Christmas’ mood has finally sprout, so in this period also on the blog, i’ll post some home decorations i usually make for Christmas, and also some Christmas recipe. I like this special atmosphere.Today i want to start with a winter classic recipe: Truffes au chocolat (in italy we call them “praline” or “tartufi” al cioccolato) The “truffes” are pralines made of chocolate flakes melted into milk cream. When the choco-cream is cooled and consolidated, you shape it in small irregular pralines, and after you roll them into cocoa powder, or some other ingredients.

In this recipe, i’ve covered the “tartufi” also with pistachio (chopped in small pieces), flakes of chocolate and coconut, or with simple icing sugar; but, if you wish, you can use many other ingredients, like minced hazelnuts and almonds.

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INGREDIENTS (for about 30 “tartufi”)
Fine Fondant (Extra Bitter) Chocolate: 150 gr
Fine Milk Chocolate: 100 gr
Fresh Milk Cream (or double cream): 150 ml

FOR COVERING:
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Chocolate Flakes
Pistachios
Icing sugar
Coconut Flakes

PREPARATION:
First, you mince finely the chocolate (both fondant and milk). Pour the milk cream in a small pot,  and  bring it to a boil. After, remove it from the cooker and add to the cream the two types of chocolate. Keep melting since all the chocolate liquefy: the result has to be a smooth, without lumps mixture. Melt till the chocolate became dense, then let the mixture cool down. When it will be cold, but still not completely solid, melt energetically one more time to obtain a lighter mixture. Put together small quantities of mixture helping you with hands, or with two teaspoons, to make small balls: put the “truffes” on a tray and put them in the fridge to make the “tartufi” become solids. (at least for 1 hour and 30 minutes) When pralines are solids, you can finally roll them in cocoa powder and in the other covering that you have already prepared. Preserve the “tartufi” in the fridge into a covered container till you’ll serve them.

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To make the presentation of the “tartufi” even better, you can use an old pralines’ box, putting each “tartufo” in a tiny coloured cupcakes’ wrapper. (in the first and last photos you can see one of the boxes i’ve prepared) For Christmas usually i use silver or white wrappers. You know, nobody can resist at these delicacies!Happy Christmas time! Cris

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28 thoughts on “CHRISTMAS TIPS/LES TRUFFES AU CHOCOLAT

  1. These look delicious! My children love truffles, and I think we will all make these over the winter holidays. I am enjoying reading everything in Italian as well. I don’t speak Italian, but I can understand a bit, and it is lovely to exercise my brain a bit.

    I have a question: what is fondant chocolate? How is it different from regular chocolate? Is it just candy-making chocolate, that melts easily? Different places have different words for the same things!

    Grazie,

    Beverlee

    • Hello Beverlee, welcome to my blog! Yes, everyone like truffles, especially children 🙂
      Fondant Chocolate (in italian “fondente”) is the extra-bitter chocolate, to mix with milk chocolate.
      For me too is good to exercise my brain with english conversations. Thank you for stopping by! A presto! Cris

  2. Hi, Cris – I am glad you responded. It has reminded me to pick up the ingredients for your truffles. I like the little cups you have put them in! Where did you find such a perfect little box for them. I would like to ship these to some family and friends, for sure – just need to find the right container so they stay beautiful. My favorite part of this recipe is all of the beautiful toppings! 🙂 Best – Shanna

  3. These would make a perfect gift for christmas or a perfect end to a three course meal with coffee or cappuccino at the end. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week!

    • Hi Liz, thank you! yes, truffes are just perfect to gift at Christmas! I love to make cute boxes of them, they’re simple than a cake or a cupcakes box, i need less time to make it, but, anyway, it’s a nice gift for friends and family!Have a great week!Cris

  4. Cris –
    DID YOU MAKE THESE? Wow. Truffles, especially dark, are my all-time favorite thing. Ever. Ever. So. Good. In Europe, I stopped in every chocolate shop to try just one truffle – the good shops, I would buy a box to take with me. These are perfect for the holidays. I am actually munching on dark chocolate now. We would make fabulous truffle-making companions. I shall bookmark this recipe to make soon.
    Hugs –
    Shanna xx

    • Hi Shanna, good morning, YES! I’m really proud of my confections, they’re cute, isn’t it? With this recipe you don’t need to buy truffles anymore 🙂
      you can make them by yourself, they’re super easy!For Christmas I always make them!if you try the recipe make me know..Have a good day! Xoxo Cris

      • Cris,
        There are not really any good truffles in my town, so I will be making them from your recipe for the Christmas season. I hope one day I will visit Europe again and we can make these together. A lady can dream, right? 🙂 OH, chocolate – SO glad you shared this recipe.
        Warmest regards,
        Shanna xx

      • Hi Shanna, oh!no no, Christmas season without chocolate truffes is not good!I’m glad if you’ll try to make them by yourself. Yes, we can dream together! Me too I hope to return soon in USA, maybe one day i’ll stop by and try your beautiful recipes! I think that oppurtunities arrive if we’re ready to catch them…and we’re sure ready, sharing our lives, building up ties, being curious about what the others make.Have a good day!Cris

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