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Entries in truffles (2)

Friday
Mar252011

350 Truffles: How we did it

This project started with 3 things.

Perserverance. Comfortable shoes. Clothes we didn’t mind dirtying. And iron stomachs.

Ok so 4 things. All equally as important though.


To make 350+ truffles for my best friend Lindsey’s engagement party a few weeks ago, we truly got our DIY on. Lindsey wanted to have little favor boxes filled with truffles as the party favor.

After a trip to Michael's for all of our supplies, we spent most of a Saturday melting chocolate, mixing filling, and, of course, sampling the goods. It was a fairly simple, yet time-consuming project. So if you too want to make truffles, here's a few things you'll need:

1. The double boiler. I highly recommend this tool. You can absolutely use the glass bowl over the saucepan trick, but since we were melting chocolate for about, oh 8 hours, the double boiler really came in handy. Thanks to bridesmaid Jenny for supplying this wonderful tool (that I'm admittedly a little obsessed with now).

2. Good chocolate. Not to go all Ina on you with the pretentious ‘good’ ingredients (I still love ya girl!), but since you are eating this chocolate straight, please, for the love of your sister (or brother. or parents), use good chocolate that you would happily consume raw. Because you will. Ya dig?

3. Mini mini baking cups. We got them at Michael's. Separating each cup from the stack was a feat in itself, but well worth it because they were so darn cute.

4. Giant trays. You'll want to load up your mini cups on to some giant baking trays (so they can each rest comfortably, no smooshing together please) for filling.

5. Packaging. We used favor boxes. Decide what you want to use these for and go from there. If you are bringing some to a party, perhaps set them up on a pretty platter with little flags denoting the flavors. Cheeseboard style...

6. Good company.

7. Some treats for the chefs.

bonus for stemless glassware since the last thing you want are broken wine glasses around your chocolate making.

How we did it

1. Lay out the baking cups and melt the chocolate. Spoon just enough melted chocolate into each cup to cover just the bottom. Set them aside to harden. We did not need to refrigerate or freeze them. A solid 20 minutes of sitting out on the counter top should do it.

2. Once hardened, get a tag team going on filling them. Use any filling ya like! We used pb+j, graham crackers + fluff, and Oreos to make 4 different flavors. Be creative!

3. Once your cups are filled (we tackled one variety at a time), it's back to the stove for more melted chocolate. With a spoon, cover the truffle filling with melted chocolate. Now is also the time to put someone on topping duty. If you want to add sprinkles or any kind of garnish (like crushed up graham crackers), then go ahead and add them now before the chocolate hardens.

Some more tips:

Decide on how many you are going to make, and then make at least 10 more of each variety. There will undoubtedly be some rejects in the pile. Trust me on that one. Plus, you need some samples for taste testing.

This project was made easier by all the help that was had. We had a team of 5 people working on various baking projects for the party, with Lin and I primarily on truffle duty. Lots of company and iTunes made this project fun.

Have fun! You are making chocolate after all.

So what do you think? Have you ever tried candy-making? How about cooking or baking on a large scale?

psst...The Book Club page is up and running! Head over to check it out, along with my first write up of Lisa See's Shanghai Girls.

Monday
Mar072011

350 Chocolate Truffles

How is everyone on this gray Monday? (at least here in NJ it is very gray!) I took today off from work to spend some time with my sister Christine who is home from college for spring break, and who bravely had her tonsils removed on Thursday. Talk about a bummer of a break!

Anyhoo, I spent Saturday at Lindsey's parent's house out in Long Island. Next week is her engagement party so she needed some serious girl time in terms of prepping and baking for the occasion. So of course, I headed out to the island to get our DIY on!

And when I say DIY, I mean DIY. Apparently Lindsey has a case of the Rachel when it comes to taking on big projects for own engagement party. After some brainstorming, Lin decided that edible favors were the way to go, and we decided on chocolate truffles. These aren't exactly traditional truffles, but chocolate candy cups with delicious, decadent filling. After lots of deliberation, we came up with 4 varieties so each favor box would get one of each. Oh and did I mention that to make this happen, we had to make upwards of 350 truffles. Yeah.

 

Between Lindsey, myself, her sister Britt and 2 other bridesmaids Jenny and Julie, we managed to get 'er done after a looooong day of chocolateering. The result? Nothing short of fabulous party favors that could easily have come from Godiva herself. And all I can say is, praise Jesus (and Jenny) for a real double boiler. Oh and for Yellowtail and their affordable oversized bottles of Shiraz.

On the list were classic chocolate Oreo filled truffles...

Golden Oreo + raspberry jam truffles

Peanut butter + jelly truffles

...and s'mores truffles, garnished with crushed graham crackers.

Don't you wish you were attending this upcoming party?

This guy does...

With chocolate on our clothes (and in our pores), the chocolateering was completed by 1AM on Saturday, which left Sunday for the girls to box everything up (I had to head home before this point!), but they sent me a snapshot of the work in progress...

Considering none of us had made chocolate confections like this previously, I'd say we got 'er done without a hitch. And had a fantastic time in the process. There's nothing like a little girl time! Stay tuned for next week when I wrap up the whole shebang with finished photos and recipes if anyone is interested! So what's the last DIY project that you tackled?