Sunday, December 22

MAKE IT: White Chocolate Lemon Truffles or Orange Truffles

Truffles make a great Handmade Valentine gift. They are easy, can be made in a variety of flavors, and look great when packaged. White Chocolate truffles are my favorite to make. They are the perfect truffle for adding zest and flavoring to. Here is a great recipe which can make two truffle favorites!

Full time 3 1/2 hours, includes 2 hour refrigeration setting time
Makes approximately 24 truffles

You will need:

1 10oz bag white chocolate chips, get the better brand not store brand. (I use  Ghirardelli baking chips for this.)
6 tbsp heavy cream
2 tbsp butter, diced into 8 pieces
1 tbsp fresh lemon zest OR orange zest
1 tsp corn syrup
1/8 tsp lemon extract OR orange extract

Colored sanding sugar

Let us begin:

In a microwave safe bowl place white chocolate and butter.

Microwave for 30 seconds.

Give it a good stir then microwave again for 30 seconds.

Give a good stir and then set bowl ontop of a heat resistant surface.

In a small pot combine cream and corn syrup.

Heat over medium heat just until bubbles form on outside edge, stirring gently.

Pour mixture into bowl with white chocolate and stir to get chocolate melting.

Once chocolate is melted and smooth, add in extract and zest.

Stir well to combine.

Cover loosely with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 2 hours, or until fully set.

Once mixture is set. Line a baking tray with wax paper and pour your sanding sugar into a rimmed plate.

Scoop out 1 1/2 tsp size balls of mixture and gently roll. Remember the more you handle the warmer this gets, so do not handle too much.

Place ball in sanding sugar and roll to completely coat.

Place on baking and continue until all mixture is rolled.

You do not have to put these back in refrigerator, but I do. I like to let them set for 15-30 minutes after just being handled.

Store in cool place or room temp for up to a week. Store in refrigerator for up to two. Cheers!