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 :)

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Dark Chocolate Blueberry Truffles

Recipe adapted from Gourmande in the Kitchen

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

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16 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Blueberry Truffles”

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    Urban Wife — June 14, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    Chocolate + blueberries?! Swoon. :)

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    Dharma — June 14, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Que delicia de pareja, el chocolate y los blueberries. Estupenda receta y maravillosas las fotografias. Un saludo

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    jep — June 14, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

    omg I need to make these right now

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    Laura O. — June 14, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    LOVE IT!!

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    Courtney — June 15, 2012 @ 2:31 am

    Sounds so good! I love blueberries! Can you use fresh blueberries? Or will they not work the same?

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    Javelin Warrior — June 15, 2012 @ 4:15 am

    I’ve never seen anything like these truffles before and they sound awesome. I’m featuring it in this week’s Food Fetish Friday series (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and it’s so much fun following your creations…

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    Spencer — June 15, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    They look absolutely amazing! I would so love to try some. Hopefully I can recreate the recipe as good as yours.

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    Refrigeration installation — June 15, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    its really eye candy:)

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    Jen — May 23, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    I just found this recipe, and am excited to make these truffles over the weekend. I was wondering if anyone could tell me roughly how many truffles this recipe makes. Thanks!

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    MJS — February 6, 2014 @ 3:10 am

    Just awesome! How many did these make?

    • Erica — February 6th, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

      About 20, I hope you love them as much as I did!

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    Hi Erica. You have really published a beautiful blog. Chocolates+blueberries look awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nifty Gift ideas — March 21, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    Wow! That’s a great combination of fruit and dark chocolate. Blueberry and dark chocolate both are my favorite things. I will try these sweet truffles.

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    Tips about how to Cook the Truffles — March 22, 2014 @ 6:23 am

    Wow! You have shared such useful information. It is really a great combination of chocolate and blueberry. I will definitely try this.

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    Choose a Gift Paired With Food & Wine — March 25, 2014 @ 7:26 am

    Wow!! It looks so delicious. The combination of chocolate & blueberry is the most fabulous and sounds great.

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