|I know that the idea of making “fancy” desserts – like truffles – can seem intimidating to some. Many foo-foo desserts don’t seem to come across as something that can be made at home, or at least definitely not by a beginner.
I swear that’s not true of this recipe – or any of the other ones in my cookbooks, The Spirited Baker and Evil Cake Overlord! Truffles, cream puffs, baklava… all deceptively easy to make. Go ahead, try some!
Chocolate chips may be a highly unusual medium for truffle making, but they are easy to find, and lack the sticker shock that comes with the more traditional chocolate options. Anyone can make these truffles at home, with common ingredients, for only about $4.00/30 truffles.
Tropical White Chocolate Truffles
10 oz white chips
1/3 cup cream
1 1/2 Tbsp Midori Melon liqueur
1 1/2 Tbsp Creme de Banane liqueur
2 tbsp butter
Shredded coconut (about 2 cups)
Place white chocolate chips into a glass mixing bowl, and put aside.
In a small saucepan, combine heavy whipping cream, liqueurs, and butter. Heat to a boil, remove from heat.
Pour hot cream mixture into bowl of white chocolate chips. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. Starting in the middle of the bowl, slowly start stirring the chocolate and cream until all of the chocolate is melted and the cream has disappeared into it – it should be smooth.
Cover with plastic wrap, preferably resting right on top of the surface – this prevents a skin from forming while it cools. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour or two, until it’s pretty solid. Once solid, scoop out small amounts (a teaspoon or two), and roll them into balls. Try to handle the chocolate as quickly as possible, or it will melt.
Once all of the ganache is rolled into balls: wash and dry hands, then roll ganache centers in coconut flakes. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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