Last December, in an effort to encourage you to treat your loved ones to affordable and delicious handmade items, YumSugar and I featured 12 of our favorite edible gift recipes. Starting today, the series is back and we've got 12 more delectable ideas to share with you!
Chocolate truffles are a tried and true classic holiday dessert. Instead of picking up a box of chocolates from your favorite chocolate shop, why not make your own? Homemade chocolate truffles are surprisingly easy; they are, quite simply, a flavored and chilled ganache.
While the chocolate can be seasoned with anything from citrus peel to orange liqueur, I made chocolate-champagne truffles, bourbon-pecan truffles, and Irish-coffee truffles. Placed in mini muffin liners and packaged in beautiful boxes, truffles are pretty, decadent, and luxurious. To share these sparkly chocolates with your loved ones, get the recipe: read more.
Ingredients 1/2 cup heavy cream Directions Makes about 3 dozen. From Everyday Food Ingredients 1 cup heavy cream Directions Makes 35. Ingredients Vegetable-oil cooking spray Directions Makes 100.
Chocolate-Champagne Truffles in Sparkling Sugar
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Champagne
1 tablespoon Cognac
Coarse sanding sugar, for rolling
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (or 10 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped)
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 pound plus 14 ounces bittersweet chocolate, (preferably 61 percent cacao), finely chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed dark-brown sugar
4 large egg yolks
3/4 cup Irish whiskey
2 tablespoons coffee extract
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
Good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder, for rolling
1/2 cup heavy cream
Makes about 3 dozen.
From Everyday Food
1 cup heavy cream
Vegetable-oil cooking spray