Chocolate and Champagne
Match made in heaven. Pure decadence. As a gift, this is for someone special.
You can buy chocolate truffles in fancy shops or even in bulk at big box stores. Or, you can make them yourself and really show you care.
It’s not a difficult process, but it is important to have good quality chocolate so this is not exactly a budget gift. But — again — it proves home made outshines store bought.
Each piece to be savoured. With a glass of bubbly, for instance!
Melt chocolate and cream slowly over hot, almost simmering water, in a double boiler if you have one, or makeshift like me. Top pot should not touch the water, though.
Egg and bubbly.
Chocolate heaven. Let cool a bit before adding the egg, you don’t want it scrambled.
Ready for the fridge.
No pictures of shaping the truffles and rolling them in cocoa. Didn’t want my chocolatey fingers on the camera. Next time!
based on a recipe found in an old French cookbook
- 175 grams dark chocolate
- 2 Tablespoons crème fraîche
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 Tablespoon champagne or sparkling wine
- cocoa powder
Melt chocolate and cream, let cool slightly.
Add egg yolk and bubbly, whisk well.
Let cool in fridge for 1+ hour, then scoop small truffle shapes with a spoon and dip in cocoa powder. Dust your hands with cocoa to avoid sticking. It’s a bit messy.
Store in a cool place, then share with a loved one.
The sparkling wine can be substituted with other wine or liqueurs, or half a Tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice and roll the truffles in orange zest.
Let me know of other tasty variations!
Add Chambord and pair the truffles with fresh raspberries…