Monday, January 18, 2016

Chevre Chocolate Truffles: We all Love Goats!

I spent the day yesterday at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Oh yes, there were other foods, but chocolate was definitely on the menu. Over the next week or so, I'll be letting you know what's new, posting recipes featuring some of the new products, reviewing the products, and lmore! I'm back to the show today, so I thought I'd post one easy recipe for you.

I'm a huge fan of Cypress Grove Chevre. They have a great variety of goat cheeses from Humboldt Fog to Bermuda Triangle to Sgt. Pepper to Purple Haze, and everything in between. Their displays each year at the Fancy Food Show are spectacular, and this year's was the best ever. Who wouldn't want a beautiful cake made of cheese wheels?

The following recipe for Goat Cheese Chocolate Truffles will work well with any Chevre, so you can use whatever is available to you. Make sure it's fresh. This specific goat cheese truffle recipe (I've posted others) really highlights the chevre, so mix is up and try other goat cheeses to see what you like best. I use Humboldt Fog which has a very distinct taste, so you might want to make your first batch with a more mild chevre. Humboldt Fog has a subtle, tangy flavor and distinctive layer of edible vegetable ash. Of course, different chocolate will also make a difference in flavor. Enjoy!

Chevre Chocolate Truffles

6 1/2 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
7 ounces fresh Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog chevre, room temperature  (or a Chevre of your choosing)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder, for rolling

Melt chocolate in top of double boiler or metal pot over another pot over simmering water.  Mix chevre and sugar in medium-size bowl. Stir in melted chocolate and mix until  smooth.
Refrigerate an hour to overnight.
When ready to make truffles, roll heaping teaspoons of refrigerated mixture into small balls, then roll balls in cocoa powder.
Chill on sheet pan until ready to serve or keep 3 to 4 days in refrigerator.

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