Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cognac Truffles: National Cognac Day

Today is National Cognac Day! Cognac goes very well with Chocolate, especially in Cognac Truffles. I always opt for easy truffle recipes. Here are two great recipes. The second recipe includes raw eggs (although they heat up a bit in the chocolate),  so if that's a problem for you, try the first.  I actually used 80% Cashet Uganda chocolate when I last made the second recipe since I didn't have any unsweetened chocolate. Both of these recipes are basically ganache truffles, so no tempering needed. You can roll them in cocoa or chopped nuts.

8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons softened sweet butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp Cognac
unsweetened cocoa or chopped nuts

Put chopped chocolate in bowl. On low heat warm cream and butter until nearly boiling. Pour over chocolate and mix gently and thoroughly until chocolate is melted. You can always just melt all ingredients together in the top of a double boiler, if you're careful.
Cool and add cognac, mixing into chocolate mixture.
Cover and refrigerate 3 hours or more.
Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop chocolate into balls. Then roll in hands to make a ball.
Roll the balls in cocoa or nuts and refrigerate until ready to serve.

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1-1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/3 cup sweet butter
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoons cognac
cocoa or chopped nuts

Melt chocolate.
Combine sugar and butter in bowl then cream together.
Add egg yolks 1 at a time then stir in melted chocolate and cognac.
Chill mixture at least one hour then break off pieces and form into balls.
Roll in coating of your choice and dry for 1 hour.

No time to make these? Coco Delice has fabulous Cognac Truffles!


Anonymous said...

Cognac is such a delicious drink that can be savored and enjoyed along with these creative truffles. My choices of Cognac would be to start with one these easy to appreciate brands, Courvoisier, Rémy Martin and Hennessy. Then go beyond the big names and try some of the lesser known brands such as Giboin, Gautret, Giraud, Chabasse and Pruhlo. Chocolate has many different flavors and textures. It would be fun to find the best cognac-chocolate pairing for your tastes.

Salomé said...

Gorgeous! I love chocolat&coñac!

~~louise~~ said...

Oh YES, Cognac Truffles hit the mark. I don't even care that it's a day later and 8:30 on a Sunday morning.

I'll appease myself with #1, no eggs, saving on cholesterol, right:)

Thanks for sharing, Janet... Happy Gingerbread Day!!!