1 STF: Recipe Review: Taste of Home's Chocolate Orange Meltaways (Truffles)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Recipe Review: Taste of Home's Chocolate Orange Meltaways (Truffles)

Taste of Home's Orange Chocolate Meltaways

These Chocolate Orange Meltaways are actually truffles. Last year for my post "The Trouble With Truffles" I made the mistake of using a lot of bittersweet chocolate. This recipe calls for milk chocolate and semisweet chocolate so I felt much safer making them!

If you are losing holiday baking steam and only have little bits of time here and there left before Christmas, you may want to consider making truffles. Yes, they are messy to make but you can do one step, take a long break, do another step, take a long break... In fact, those breaks are necessary to the truffle-making process. They are not difficult, just a little time consuming but I promise you, they are worth it.

Taste of Home's Orange Chocolate Meltaways

Here is the recipe. You need to bring heavy cream (it MUST be heavy cream) to a boil but I also added the zest of a clementine to the cream for additional natural orange flavour.

Taste of Home's Orange Chocolate Meltaways

Pour the hot cream over the combo of milk and semisweet chocolate chips. Let sit for at least a minute!

Taste of Home's Orange Chocolate Meltaways

After the minute passes, slowly whisk the melting chocolate into the hot cream. I was not sure the cream was hot enough, the melting was going too slow, so I put the bowl into the microwave and nuked at 50% power for 20 seconds. I whisked, still not hot enough so I microwaved it again. It finally came together. No big deal!

Taste of Home's Orange Chocolate Meltaways

Once the chocolate has melted into the cream, it is safe to add your flavouring without the chocolate seizing. I had some pure orange extract which is what I added but you could add Baileys, rum, raspberry extract, coconut extract... Truffles are very flexible when it comes to flavour.

Whisk in the flavouring and your ganache is complete and needs to chill in the fridge. I left it for a couple of hours but as a result, the ganache got hard as a rock, I had to let it come closer to room temp before I could shape it into balls:

Taste of Home's Orange Chocolate Meltaways

I used my mini ice cream scoop but you can use a tbsp measuring spoon to divide the ganache. Shaping the mixture into balls is always messy but that is just part of the truffles experience. Put on a parchment or waxed paper lined baking tray and put in the fridge to chill. This time it does not have to be for very long, just get them cold enough so they do not melt in the hot chocolate.

Taste of Home's Orange Chocolate Meltaways

You need to melt together milk chocolate with a little shortening which I did over a makeshift double boiler. Dip the chocolates in one at a time. I used my chocolate dipping tools to help let the chocolate drip off but you can definitely use a fork. You can add little garnishes of sprinkles on top. If you want to get fancy, a small piece of candied orange peel would be lovely. Me? I was exhausted at this point. I just left them draped in a thick cloak of chocolate.

Taste of Home's Orange Chocolate Meltaways

They definitely have that homemade look to them but the flavour? Outstanding! Dreamy in fact. Yes, handmade truffles take some time and are a little finicky but if you follow some rules, you can actually play with them and make them your own. Chocolate and orange truffles make me weak in the knees. I give this recipe five out of five wooden spoons. 

9 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oooo, they sound as yummy as a Terry's Chocolate Orange! I love that combo of flavours.

Tammy said...

Yum! I've never tried my hand at candy making.

Can you tell me the difference in "heavy cream" vs. "heavy whipping cream"? I can only ever find whipping cream in our grocery stores, and I'm not sure if it's the right thing in a recipe calling for heavy cream! :)

Shell said...

Inspiring me to do some truffles...haven't made them in ages. Those truffles look super yummy.

Suzie Ridler said...

Tammy, they're the same thing! Whipping = heavy cream = heavy whipping cream. Hope that helps! Shell, I hope you do make them, they're such a great gift for others and a fab treat for yourself too!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Oh I love Truffles that something I've never made. Thanks for sharing.

Coffee is on.

Joan said...

"...draped in a thick cloak of chocolate." I love that line! And they look absolutely scrumptious!

I've never made truffles, but you have inspired me,, Suzie! I think I will try them......next year. :)

Tiffany @ Conor & Bella said...

Mmm, chocolate and orange is one of my fave candy flavor combos. These look great!

brenda j said...

This is my very very favorite flavor mix, orange and chocolate Together. Thank you for this recipe, i will be making this very soon. Yummmmmmmy!!!!

brenda j said...

This is my very very favorite flavor mix, orange and chocolate Together. Thank you for this recipe, i will be making this very soon. Yummmmmmmy!!!!