The timing was right for making these exquisite Chocolate Frangelico Truffles, as the hubby was scrounging for Oreos in the pantry. I needed a refresher on how to temper chocolate since I hadn’t made these decadent bonbons since 2011!
Chocolate Frangelico Truffles
Next to chocolate chip cookies, I think truffles (especially these chocolate Frangelico truffles) and fudge come in second and third as family favorite treats. Have you ever made truffles? They’re pretty darn easy.
I often roll them in cocoa powder to avoid the challenge of dipping them in melted chocolate. Chopped nuts and coconut are other delicious coatings for what is basically a chilled ball of ganache!
For these dreamy truffles, hot cream infused with some Frangelico, a hazelnut liqueur, was poured over chopped semisweet chocolate. Once the chocolate melted, the mixture was stirred until smooth and chilled before rolling into balls. I left the ganache balls in the refrigerator overnight and saved the chocolate tempering until the next morning.
How to Temper Chocolate
Though it was nearly autumn, our temperatures were the hottest of the year. Not ideal for working with chocolate.
I adjusted the air conditioning and extended the refrigerating time. All you need to temper chocolate is some quality chocolate, a double boiler (just a pan of simmering water and a heatproof bowl that fits the pan) and a good candy thermometer.
Details are in the recipe, but tempering chocolate involves melting two-thirds of the chocolate, adding the remaining third of the unmelted chocolate, cooling then reheating the chocolate. All of these steps require the chocolate reaching precise temperatures. Pros can do it by sight and feel, but I’m no pro!!
Due to our sultry day, there were a few too many fingerprints for my perfectionist nature, but Bill and son, Tom, couldn’t stop raving about these chocolate Frangelico truffles. Tom ate 3 before having a cupcake for dessert!
I also had some Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melts as a backup. If you don’t want to deal with tempering chocolate, using melts is a terrific option.
I learned this tempering technique when I was in the Daring Bakers group. Here are the temperatures for each of the 3 varieties of chocolate:
Dark: 45°C – 50°C > 27°C > 32°C
Milk: 45°C > 27°C > 30°C
White: 45°C > 27°C > 29°C
Dark: 113°F – 122°F > 80.6°F > 89.6°F
Milk: 113°F > 80.6°F > 86°F
White: 113°F > 80.6°F > 84.2°F
Some Tips for Tempering Chocolate:
You’ll want to read through the recipe to see how to temper chocolate, but here are some additional tips.
- Make sure that your bowl fits snugly into the saucepan so that there’s no chance of steam forming droplets that may fall into your chocolate. If water gets into your chocolate it will seize!
- Use a rubber spatula to gently stir the chocolate so that it melts evenly.
- Wooden spoons can retain moisture so it’s best to use a rubber spatula while tempering
- Remember, don’t let any water get into your chocolate at any stage of the tempering process!
- If you still have a few un-melted bits of chocolate, put the bowl back over the simmering water, stirring gently and watching the thermometer constantly.
- It’s imperative to keep an eye on the temperature so that it doesn’t go over its working temperature.
- If you’re using the chocolate to dip a lot of truffles, the chocolate will be sitting off the heat for a while it will naturally start to thicken as it cools. To keep it at an ideal viscosity for even coating, put the bowl over steam for 30 sec – 1 min every 10 – 15 mins, just do not let the temperature go over the working temperature!
- Having the chocolate in a warmed glass bowl and wrapped in a hot kitchen towel can also help keep the chocolate at its working temperature for longer.
- It is also easier to keep the heat if you work with larger amounts of chocolate rather than small amounts. Any leftover chocolate can be kept to be used later and then re-tempered.
- Unless you’ve been working with chocolate for a while and have developed a feel for the tempering process and can tell the chocolate’s temperature by touching it to your lower lip like a pro, it’s imperative that you use a thermometer to determine the temperature, as going a few degrees either way can ruin the temper.
- If at any stage you do make a mistake with the tempering process you can simply start again from the beginning. Or grab the bag of chocolate melts!
- Any chocolate left over after making your molded or dipped chocolate can be stored away in a cool place and then re-tempered before using it again. There’s no need to ever waste good chocolate!
- The temperatures in my recipe are for semisweet chocolate. See above for the milk and white chocolate ranges.
Used in This Recipe:
- 10-Piece Mixing Bowl Set – I love having lots of different sized bowls for mise en place, or measuring out the ingredients ahead of time
- Digital Candy Thermometer – great tool to have for candy making and deep-frying
- Le Creuset Medium Spatula – a terrific tool for scraping mixing bowls, plus it’s very heat resistant
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Progressive Eats: Dishes Inspired by Movies or TV
Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. Our menu this month features dishes inspired by our favorite TV shows and movies! We’ve got a great mix from appetizers to desserts! Hosting this month is Coleen from The Redhead Baker.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.
- Masala Omelette from “The Hundred Foot Journey” from Spice Roots
- Mexican Chicken Chile Soup (Gluten-Free) from “Tortilla Soup” from The Heritage Cook
- Double Polar Burgers with Everything from “Grease” from Pastry Chef Online
- Mrs. Patmore’s Calvados-Glazed Chicken from The Redhead Baker
- Retro Waldorf Salad for Mad Men Fans from Mother Would Know
- Chocolate Frangelico Truffles from Chocolat from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Minny’s Chocolate Chess Pie from “The Help” from Creative Culinary
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon Frangelico
For Tempered Chocolate:
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped, divided (5+ ounces will be melted, a little less than 3 ounces will be for seeding)
To make ganache, place chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
Heat heavy cream in the microwave (I use a Pyrex measuring cup) until hot and almost boiling. Add Frangelico and mix to combine.
To temper chocolate, place about ⅔ of the chocolate in a heatproof bowl (a little more than 5 ounces).
Place bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (make sure the bowl does not touch the water)
Using a rubber spatula, gently stir the chocolate so that it melts evenly.
Once it’s melted, keep an eye on the thermometer, as soon as it reaches 45°C / 113°F remove from heat.
Add small amounts of the remaining ⅓ un-melted chocolate (seeds) and stir in to melt.
Continue to add small additions of chocolate until you’ve brought the chocolate down to 27°C/80.6°F (You can bring the dark chocolate down to between 80°F and 82°F).
Put it back on the double boiler and bring the temperature back up until it reaches its working temperature of the chocolate 89.6°F.
The chocolate is now tempered and ready to use.
Dip your truffle balls into the tempered chocolate and place on a parchment lined sheet until the coating hardens.
If you don't want to temper chocolate, you can use Ghirardelli chocolate melts to coat the truffles.
Serving Size:1 truffle
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 3mg Carbohydrates: 12g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g