Ah, chocolate. It is so delicious. Just thinking about it makes you want some right now, doesn’t it?
My youngest was reading C.S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy when truffles came up. I admitted to making truffles once when she was less than a month old. For some reason, I was upset so while I made the truffles, I ate the truffles. I discovered that I lost a small diamond in my engagement ring. I really don’t know where I lost it or even if I lost it that day. It was just that it was that moment when I discovered it was missing. I feared that I had eaten my diamond. My day was just getting worse.
Sometime during the night, I woke to feed the baby and couldn’t get back to sleep. I was having terrible pains and could not get comfortable. My husband thought I might be having a heart attack, but I disagreed. It was the first day of his vacation, of course, so he spent most of the morning convincing me that I needed to go see a doctor. An afternoon appointment was made. Long story, short, I needed my gallbladder removed. Through a CAT scan other things were found to be wrong with me including a cyst on my thyroid. I ended up having two surgeries in six months. That, I told my girls, was my experience with truffles.
They stared at me wide eyed. Wow. What a story.
“So, do you think we can make them?”
“I suppose we can try.” I agreed because I was starting to think a lot about chocolates.
I bought the supplies, and we set about making truffles. The first step I said was to remove my rings. Better safe than sorry, I always say, except that I promptly forgot. Luckily, all went well and no diamonds were lost in the making of these truffles.
That was a few weeks ago and all still seems well. Everyone enjoyed the truffles, including me. We also made rosettes for the first time. They were delicious also. I have been on a mission to introduce my children to different foods that I enjoyed as a child from my Swiss and Norwegian grandparents. I went to a Swiss bakery for a few Swiss pastries and cookies, including braetzli. A friend has the tins for sandbakkels so we will try them next. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, we enjoy lefse, so I feel I have a good start.
Do you have any special treats that you enjoy making?
Here is our truffle recipe if you care to indulge.
¾ cup cream
5 Tbsp. butter
12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips
½ tsp. vanilla or another flavoring of your choice
You may coat with powdered sugar, cocoa, coconut, finely chopped nuts, etc. We just ate them as they were.
In a medium saucepan, heat cream and butter to boiling. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until smooth. Add flavoring. Cover top of pan with several layers of paper towels, and chill in the refrigerator at least three hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is stiff. Now, form into balls. Work quickly as this is messy. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!