Chocolate truffles are the epitome of Christmas magic. Decadent, silky, and smooth, I find great pleasure in seeing these little chocolate drops line a holiday table. However, I have yet to make them, which seems a bit odd since they are fairly easy to make. A concoction of whipping cream and chocolate, truffles are basically scooped balls of chocolate ganache. And you know how I love ganache!
Traditional truffle recipes like this and this are definitely on the menu for this week’s holiday party, I thought I’d try something new. Something with a slight bite, something that adds texture. Enter Sun-Maid‘s decadent raisin truffles.
Now, before you click out of this screen, give me a second to plead the case of the humble raisin. I know every hates them but hear me out. They taste basically the same as dried cranberries but have a slightly more nutty texture. Packed with antioxidants and fiber, essential for good health, raisins are a sweet mix-in and are easily adaptable for cookies, cakes, and other baked treats. And guess what? One lucky SLH reader will win a mini variety pack of Sun-Maid products! This way, you can explore all the deliciousness of raisins and stop hating on them! I have been a fan of raisins and Sun-Maid since I was a little kid. Sure, they weren’t my first snack of choice (hello goldfish!) but they were my mom’s pick for those long days of school, soccer practice, and daycare. And can I tell you a secret? I just love their logo. How can you resist this retro and vibrant logo?? It’s like California perfection! Sorry, mini swoon session over…
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Chocolate Raisin Truffles
Adapted from: Sun-Maid
Yield: 30 truffle balls
1/2 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins
2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur
8-ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup slightly warmed whipping cream
1 egg yolk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Finely chopped walnuts or unsweetened cocoa powder or melted chocolate
In food processor, combine raisins and liqueur and pulse until raisins are coarsely chopped. Set aside.
In heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat.
In a small mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, egg yolk and vanilla and whisk until evenly blended. Slowly pour a small portion of the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture, stirring to make sure the egg yolk doesn’t scramble. Continue pouring the rest of your egg mixture into the chocolate. Stir in raisin mixture.
Stir until completely cool and slightly thickened, until firm enough to roll. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm at least 4 hours at room temperature.
To roll chocolate: Line rimmed baking sheet with waxed paper. Roll 2 teaspoons of the chocolate truffle base between fingertips into ball. Transfer to prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining truffle base. Chill until firm, about 1 hour. To add finishing touches, roll each ball in finely chopped walnuts or cocoa powder. Or, to dip in melted chocolate. Refrigerate balls until chilled. Dip balls one at a time, turning to coat all sides. Place on waxed paper. Let stand until chocolate is set.
Disclaimer: I received free raisin product from Sun-Maid however I wasn’t compensated for this post. Image provided from Sun-Maid.
Since 1912, Sun-Maid has provided premium quality raisins and dried fruit from the raisin and fruit farms of California to homes around the world. The company has a rich heritage and has long been trusted by consumers as the world’s largest producer and processor of premium raisins and dried fruit. Located in Kingsburg, California, in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley’s raisin producing district, Sun-Maid products are distributed throughout the United States and in more than 50 countries.
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