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de menthe or peppermint schnapps
- Use the best quality ingredients for best results�real chocolate, fresh
cream (no canned milk or half-and-half; the recipe won�t work with these
dairy products), and sweet (unsalted) butter.
- You can vary this recipe to suit just about any taste. If you prefer all
dark chocolate, for instance, replace the milk chocolate chips with a second
12-ounce bag of semisweet chips or use two bags of bittersweet chips.
- For a more �grown-up� version, add 3 tablespoons (one 50 ml miniature
bottle available at many liquor stores) of your favorite liqueur or flavored
brandy along with the vanilla extract. The following flavors are especially
coffee-flavored liqueur, such as Kahl�a
blackberry or raspberry brandy
- If you like add-ins, stir them into the ganache after the ganache has
chilled for two hours to prevent the add-ins from sinking to the bottom
of the bowl. Use 1� cups total of any of the following: nuts (walnuts,
almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans are excellent) shredded or flaked coconut
mini chocolate chips raisins
- This variation got me a marriage proposal several years ago, although
not from the man I eventually married. Stir 3 tablespoons of Grand Marnier
or other orange-flavored liqueur into the ganache along with the vanilla
extract. Add one tablespoon each of finely grated orange zest and finely
grated, peeled fresh ginger (peel the ginger with a potato peeler). Grating
is quick if you use a microplane. Whisk thoroughly before chilling. The
fragrance alone of this ganache will send you to the moon.
- If you want to dip the truffles into melted chocolate, omit the cocoa
powder or sweet ground chocolate. Dipping chocolate needs to be �tempered,�
which is a process of carefully melting and cooling the chocolate before
using it for dipping, so that the chocolate sets properly when it hardens.
Tempering can be tricky and time-consuming, but if you want to try it, the
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company has clear directions on its Web site; see
appendix B for the link.
- A final note about cleanup�if there are any scrapings of chocolate left
in the bowl after you finish making your truffles (not likely, but just in
case), throw that chocolate into the garbage, not down the drain. Putting
chocolate into a drain is like pouring sand down there, and you may wind up
with a nasty sink clog. After doing the dishes, run hot water into the drain
for a few seconds, to make sure that the pipes are clear.