Red wine gets infused with chocolate for an elegant treat and the perfect edible gift. Everyone on your list will want Red Wine Chocolate Truffles.
There’s no doubt in my mind and probably yours too that December is the busiest time of year. You’ve got holidays to celebrate, parties to attend and probably a birthday or two (cheers December babies, wink wink). There’s plenty of cheer in the air but it’s also a stressful time to get everything done and wrap up the year with a tidy bow.
Part of that stress can come from finding just the right gift for everyone on your list. You know what I say this year? Forget the crowded stores and give them something they will really love, a good bottle of wine and something sweet to nibble on. The latest gadget is nice but a homemade edible gift is even better in my opinion. Especially if it has wine and chocolate together!
I started making edible gifts when I was back in college and was too poor to go shopping for anything other than a few baking ingredients. That’s when I discovered how easy it was to make your own truffles at home and in some cases taste better than expensive ones from a chocolate shop.
Truffles are so easy, you have to wonder why you haven’t made them before, it’s simply heavy cream and chocolate. After that you can infuse it with any flavor that you want from zest to pepper to cinnamon and of course wine!
Red wine goes beyond a before and during dinner and really is a natural pairing with chocolate. Now while you may feel inclined to use something cheap, don’t. Push that thought out of your mine, you want a good wine that you would drink on the regular for these truffles! Which is why I went with Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir. Exuberant and fruit-forward, Gloria Ferrer wines are outstanding with diverse and flavorful cuisine. The earthy and blackberry tastes of the wine shines through the truffles, making it a perfect after dinner treat. Boxing them up with a bottle of the Pinot Noir or even a bottle of Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine is just the perfect elegant gift.
Truffles to begin with are quite rich and a little bit of these go a long way. As I said, all it takes is a few simple ingredients to make them a few tips to make sure yours turn out successful each and every time.
- To start make sure your ganache is fully chilled before your roll your truffles.
- When you scoop out the truffles from the ganache, I’ve found that a small cookie scoop works best for even sizing.
- The ganache can melt quickly and it helps to pop them back in the freezer for about 5 minutes before rolling.
- Wear disposable gloves when you roll. The heat from your hands will cause the truffles to melt and your hands will be covered in chocolate. Gloves are a barrier and yes they get messy but it speeds up the process.
- While you can dip the finish product in chocolate, I prefer to keep things simple and give a simple dusting in good quality cocoa powder and a touch of sea salt on top.
- Place the finished truffles in mini muffin cups for easy storage and presentation. Tin boxes or jewelry boxes make the perfect way to wrap them up to present as a gift.
- If you plan on shipping the truffles, freeze and ship frozen. Pack with an ice pack to stay cool, they will be defrosted by the time they arrive but they will have kept fresh and in one shape!
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