December 7, 2019

A Chocolatiers Recipe Chambord (raspberry liqueur) Holiday Truffle

by David Gambill •

INGREDIENTS: 9 oz fine dark chocolate (60-65% cacao) 1/2 c organic heavy cream 1/4 c Chambord (room temperature)

3 Tbs organic unsalted butter

1.5 lbs chocolate for dipping

Recommended chocolate

brands: Scharffen Berger, Valhrona, El Rey, Green and Black, Tcho


Melt the 9 oz chocolate in a microwave (30 second bursts, stir, repeat. When the choco- late begins to melt, stir well but not vigorously. Do not heat beyond very warm to the touch, like a hot tub.) Heat the cream just enough to melt the butter into the cream.

Pour into the chocolate and stir smoothly—not too vigor- ously. Add the room-tempera- ture Chambord. Stir only until the chocolate is a uniform color. NO LONGER.

Pour into a small ceramic or metal bowl & cover. Refrigerate

least 4 hours so the


at is

firm. Scoop the ganache using a very small scoop; place

onto parchment. Refrigerate

scoops for

20-30 minutes to reset.

Quickly roll the scoops be- tween your palms to form balls—roll too long and the balls will melt.

Put balls in covered container in the freezer for at least 5 hours. Melt dipping choco- late in microwave as above. Remove ½ the balls

from the

freezer. Drop a frozen ball into the chocolate; be sure it is en- tirely

with chocolate; remove


coated a

salad fork or a chocolate


ping fork. Place truffles on parch- ment to set.

When the coat- ing is set, put

finished truffles in covered container and refrigerate up to 2 weeks; freeze for up to 3 months (at room temperature, eat with 1-2 days.)

DECEMBER 2019 Weird Facts & Trivia - 2

A Feast of Carols: The Old World Carolers in Concert

Sebastopol, CA. ~ The Old World Carolers

present United a

special benefit concert at Se- bastopol


Church, 500 N. Main St., Se- bastopol (across from Safe- way), Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2:00 p.m. Benefits local homeless and Methodist charities. $10 donation, kids free. Contact: For More Information: 707- 823-7971 ~ Rebecca Dwan

The average serving of milk chocolate has about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of decaf coffee.

There are an estimated 1.5 million cocoa farms in West Africa.

Cacao leaves can move 90 degrees, from horizontal to vertical, to get sun and to protect younger leaves.

Studies have demonstrated that one of the major saturated fats in chocolate does not raise cholesterol like other hard fats– meaning chocolate can be enjoyed in moderation.

Cacao beans were so valuable to early

Mesoamericans that they were used as currency.

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