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Rum Truffles


Yield

Makes about 30 truffles

Ingredients

2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup whipping cream
1-1/2 teaspoons rum extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Preparation

  1. Melt chips with whipping cream in heavy, medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Whisk in rum extract and vanilla until blended. Pour into pie pan. Refrigerate until mixture is fudgy, but soft, about 75 minutes.
  2. Shape mixture by tablespoonfuls into 1-1/4-inch balls; place on waxed paper.
  3. Sift powdered sugar and cocoa into shallow bowl.
  4. Roll balls in sugar-cocoa mixture; place in petit four or candy cases. (If coating mixture won't stick because truffle has set, roll between your palms until outside is soft.)
  5. Truffles can be refrigerated 2 to 3 days or frozen several weeks.

Shaping truffles

To give truffles a professional appearance use a one-tablespoon-size scoop with a release, similar to a miniature ice cream scoop. As the scoop is drawn through the truffle mixture, it forms a rough ball shape. The truffle only needs a little additional shaping in your palms to make a perfect ball before coating. Using the scoop also makes your truffles more uniform in size.

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