Monday, November 4, 2013

Black Currant Tea Chocolate Truffles: National Candy Day

Photo: Maura McEvoy
Today is National Candy Day and for me that means Chocolate Truffles. I've posted many truffle recipes on, but you can never have enough recipes. They're all slightly different and that makes for great truffle experiences!

I have a favorite site on Facebook... well, I have several favorite sites, but I really love Great British Tea Party. Recently I was skimming the page when I cme across this wonderful recipe for Black Currant Tea Chocolate Truffles. This recipe can be made with any 'flavored' black tea recipe. The original recipe is adapted Mary Jo Thoresen in The Oprah Magazine Cookbook (2008), via Delish. Photo: Maura McEvoy.

Black Currant Tea Chocolate Truffles

1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. crème fraîche
1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp. sweet butter
1/2 ounce black currant tea (approximately 2 Tbsp. loose tea or tea leaves from 6 tea bags)
10 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
Unsweetened cocoa

In small saucepan, combine crème fraîche, butter, and 2 tablespoons water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea. Cover and let steep 5 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a clean saucepan.
Put chocolate into medium-size bowl. Bring crème fraîche mixture to a boil again and pour over chocolate. Stir gently until all chocolate is melted (do not whisk).
Pour into 9-inch baking pan and spread evenly. Chill until firm.
Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Using melon baller (or small spoon), scoop chocolate to form balls about 3/4 inch in diameter, then roll gently into balls using palms.
Place truffles on lined cookie sheet; cover and chill just to set, about 1 hour.
To serve, place cocoa in pie pan. Add several truffles one attime to cocoa and swirl pan to coat.


~~louise~~ said...

What an intriguing recipe Janet. I love the idea of using the tea as an ingredient. I'm sure it enhance the chocolate goodness in the truffles.

Thank you so much for sharing, Janet. I completely forgot about Candy Day!

Janet Rudolph said...

I like that this recipe uses creme fraiche rather than really enhances the tea flavor.. not too rich..

~~louise~~ said...

Rich is good, but Crème fraîche is definitely better:)