Sunday, December 21, 2014

homemade christmas {part 4}

I decided to try my hand at some homemade chocolate truffles for a few gifts. My mom loves dark chocolate salated caramel candies from a chocolatier in Amish country so I wanted to attempt to make her some. I found this recipe and decided to modify it a bit based on what we had on hand (and to make it align with the truffles she likes).

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Truffles
26 caramels
1 c. dark chocolate (I used dark chocolate bars we buy at Aldi)
1/4 c. whole milk
1 1/3 c. dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp. shortening
olive oil spray
sea salt

The original recipe has you melt all your chocolate and caramels in the microwave, but I used my glass bowl double boiler (I really should just invest in a real double boiler) technique. Combine the caramels, dark chocolate and milk in the glass bowl, placed in a few inches of water (in a pan) over low heat, mixing until fully melted.
Spray plastic wrap (which I didn't have, so I used foil) with olive oil non-stick cooking spray in a small 8-inch square dish and pour the melted caramel mixture into it. Place in fridge until cool, approximately for 1-2 hours.
Remove the caramel mixture and cut into 30 pieces.
Roll each individual piece into a ball and place on parchment paper. Place newly formed balls back into the fridge for another hour or two. When ready to finish, use the double boiler technique again with the dark chocolate chips and shortening. Roll the caramel mixture in the melted chocolate and place on wax paper (or, if you also don't have wax paper, sprayed foil again) to set. After you have rolled each caramel mixture in the melted chocolate, sprinkle a little bit of sea salt on top. I put my truffles in the fridge to set overnight when I was all done.
I will say, my caramels flattened out quite a bit which I was bummed about. It could be because I used whole milk instead of the heavy cream the original recipe called for. I ended up re-rolling them right before I dropped them into the chocolate so that helped a smidge but not much. I haven't tasted them (still dairy-free over here) but Jon and Elden both loved them. I'm pretty happy with this project!

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