1/2 cup steaming hot heavy cream
1 pinch of sea salt
8 ounces best quality dark chocolate in chip form or chopped
3 Tablespoons Drizzle dark or white balsamic (delicious options include Coconut, Raspberry, Maple, Espresso, Lavender or Traditional Aged)
1/2 cup cocoa powder for rolling the truffles or use 6 oz. tempered (melted chocolate) for coating the truffles
Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized heat proof bowl.
Heat the cream and salt in a heavy bottom sauce pan over low heat until it just begins to steam. Do not allow it to simmer or boil.
Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes without stirring. Stir the mixture gently until all the chocolate is melted. Add the balsamic and stir to combine well. Cool to room temperature and then place the bowl in the refrigerator, covered, until the ganache has become cold and can be scooped to form balls.
Have a parchment lined baking sheet ready that will fit into your fridge or freezer.
Take 1 teaspoon of cold balsamic ganache and quickly roll between your hands to form a ball. If you spend too much time trying to get the shape just right, you'll begin to melt the ganache and it will be a mess.
When you're done rolling all of them, place the balls on the prepared baking sheet and then place the sheet in the fridge or freezer to firm up the truffles.
Now you can roll in cocoa powder or in tempered (melted) chocolate. These are best stored in single layers, separated by parchment or waxed paper in a sealed container in the refrigerator. They can be taken out and served at room temperature.
Makes approximately 30-40 truffles.
Recipe courtesy Rachel Bradley
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