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Raspberry Truffles

Raspberry Truffles

Author and owner of Valerie Confections, Valerie Gordon is preparing a sweet treat.
Ingredients for Ganache
  • 6 ounces 38% milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 6 ounces 61% bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (5 ounces) raspberry puree
  • ¼ cup (2 ounces) crème fraîche
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick/2 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Chambord
Additional Ingredients
  • ½ cup (2 ounces) 69% bittersweet atomized chocolate
  • ½ cup (2.25 ounces) freeze-dried raspberry powder
  • 1½ pounds still-molten tempered dark milk chocolate (see recipe below)
Ingredients for Tempered Bittersweet Chocolate (makes one pound)
  • 12 ounces 61% to 75% bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 ounces 61% to 75% bittersweet chocolate chips or fèves or solid bar chocolate if you prefer

Directions for Ganache

1. Line a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Set a large bowl on a dish towel and add the chopped chocolates.

2. Put the raspberry puree and crème fraîche into a small saucepan and bring just to a boil over medium heat. Pour the mixture over the chocolate and let sit for 1 minute.

3. Using a small rubber spatula, stir the puree mixture and chocolate together in one direction, concentrating on the center of the mixture, until smooth and glistening, about 2 minutes. Add the butter and stir until it is completely melted, about 1 minute. Stir in the Chambord.

4. Pour the ganache into the prepared baking pan. Cover the ganache with a second piece of parchment paper. Place the pan in the coolest part of the kitchen and let set, 4 to 6 hours.

5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a melon baller or teaspoon measure, scoop small balls of the ganache onto the lined pan. Let stand at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours. The truffles will develop a thin crust that will make dipping them substantially easier.

6. Combine the atomized chocolate and raspberry powder in a baking pan. Dip the truffles in
the tempered chocolate, following the directions for the single-fork method below, then roll
in the atomized chocolate mixture.

Storing
The truffles can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Directions for Bittersweet Chocolate

1. Melt the finely chopped chocolate, then continue heating it until the chocolate reaches 120°F on an instant-read thermometer.

2. Add the other chocolate a few pieces at a time, stirring the chocolate constantly with a small silicone spatula. Be sure each addition melts completely before you add more. The chocolate will be in temper when it reaches 88° to 90°F; check the temperature frequently. To test for temper, dip a small offset spatula in the chocolate and put the spatula on your work surface. If the chocolate sets within 2 to 3 minutes and looks shiny and smooth, it is in temper. If the chocolate looks streaky or spotted or doesn’t set, it is not in temper. Continue stirring and then test the chocolate again—sometimes the components need a little extra agitation before they can unify.

3. Once the chocolate is tempered, work efficiently; the temper will hold for about 20 minutes.

4. For 1½ pounds tempered chocolate: Use 18 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, and 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips or fèves.
Note: For 2 pounds tempered chocolate: Use 1½ pounds bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, and 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips or fèves.

One-Fork Method
Using a dipping fork, submerge the truffle or toffee in the tempered chocolate, then lift it up and tap the fork against the edge of the bowl so excess chocolate drips back into the bowl. Place the chocolate on the coating and wait for about 20 seconds before covering it with the coating. Let the chocolate sit for 5 minutes to set before moving to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

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