What do I do when planning a move for a family of five across the country?
I obtain a nice bottle of red wine, a spread of decadent cheeses, grab some friends and do a little truffle recipe development. Because chatting with my girls, munching on Manchego, sipping Rioja and melting chocolate is infinitely more enjoyable than packing.
What I love about these truffles is that chocolate is the main focus. So many recipes have a lot of additives. Why? Just give me more chocolate in my creamy, decadent, flavor-balanced treat. Not too sweet, not too rich, the perfect amount of bitterness from the beans and cocoa. Just right.
Life is always moving forward and a day never passes when there is nothing to be done. When there’s a lot going on, a scrumptious treat is oh-so-comforting and welcome. Of course.
And, please, remember that a bit of coffee in a chocolate recipe only enhances the flavor. And, really, I just don’t say no to a robust coffee. Ever. Kind of like a nice red. My husband, despite incredibly long hours spent in the hospital as a surgeon, does not drink delicious coffee. We are a divided household.
It appears this recipe is completely fine-tuned after a few astoundingly toothsome, appetizing endeavors. It’s a really hard life, eating all this rich, luscious dark chocolate goodness.
Oh, wow, I had better get to packing for our big, fun family adventure to the friendly, gorgeous Midwest! Or maybe just make more truffles? Yeah, think option b is more palatable in more ways than one.
Espresso Truffles (VEG, GF)
Makes about 20-30 truffles, depending on the size of your truffles
7 ounces 72% bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup organic tahini, no salt added
1/4 cup strong coffee or espresso
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 Tbsp elderflower liqueur, or liqueur of choice
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa nibs
1/4 tsp. fine salt
4 to 8 Tbsp. (1/4 to 1/2 cup) organic, raw honey
Sweetened cocoa powder of choice, to roll the truffles in
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