Ryan and I drink a lot of wine – enough for him to have made several cork boards, a trivet, a wreath, and even some decorative balls and ornaments out of the corks we’ve accumulated. We share a glass with dinner every night and love trying new varieties. So when a local Duke Alumni chapter threw a wine tasting party, we signed up right away. We were asked to bring an appetizer or dessert, clearly I chose dessert and thought some dark chocolate truffles would be the perfect accompaniment for the red wine that day. With the infusion of some dried blueberries, these truffles were a huge hit at the party and definitely paired well with a lot of the wines we tried!
Truffles are the chocolate candy world’s fancy counterpart. They’re sophisticated and elegant, but really couldn’t be much easier to make. As long as you have good quality chocolate to start with (I used Valrhona), truffles like this are really hard to mess up! I’ve made hazelnut truffles and almond joy truffles, but after my recent obsession with chocolate-covered dried blueberries, I knew I wanted to try a blueberry flavored truffle this time around. The result was better than I expected – full of rich chocolate flavor with a hint of berry that definitely set them apart from your average chocolate truffle. If you’re having a group of friends over for wine or just want a fancy chocolate dessert one night, please give these a try – they’re not as intimidating as they might seem!
I also just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone for their lovely comments on the last post. I may not know all of you personally, but it is very touching to see that you’ve gotten to know me from this blog and are excited for me nonetheless! It has been so fun getting wedding planning started, albeit a teeny bit stressful but I’m loving it overall so far. It’s definitely been quite difficult to get anything else done these past few weeks, such as getting my application together for residencies, but I’m hoping this newly-engaged craze will wear off soon so I can get back to work. In the meantime I’m soaking up the love and endlessly staring at my ring. It’s a miracle I even got this post churned out! I hope you enjoy these truffles and stay tuned for more wedding updates :)
Dark Chocolate Blueberry Truffles
Recipe adapted from Gourmande in the Kitchen
8 oz good quality dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp heavy cream
3/4 cup dried blueberries, chopped finely
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
Unsweetened cocoa powder for rolling
Chop the chocolate as finely as possible and place in a medium bowl.
In a blender, blend together the cream, dried blueberries, and honey to get the blueberries chopped as finely as possible. Transfer mixer to a medium saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat.
Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate and stir gently until the mixture is smooth and all the chocolate melted. Whisk in the butter until well incorporated.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
When the chocolate mixture is set, use a small cookie scoop to get even-sized truffles and roll each portion in the palms of your hand to make a ball. It doesn't have to be perfect, imperfection with truffles is charming and reminds people they're homemade! Transfer balls to a parchment-paper lined cookie sheet and place in the fridge once completed for another 15-20 minutes.
Fill a shallow pan or pie plate with cocoa powder and toss each truffle in the powder so they are each well coated. Shake off the excess cocoa powder. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.