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I love truffles but I don’t think I ever knew what a truffle really was. I’ve had so many and they are all different. Some are really rich and thick while others are fluffy and light. So I got truffle schooled. I found out that a truffle is just ganache with coating. Ganache is chocolate and cream (aka tasty). I don’t understand how people screw up truffles, it’s so simple. Just look at these ingredients, nothing to it.
I realized that with so few ingredients you have to go for the highest quality stuff. The snobby wine store employee refused to sell me an expensive wine if I was just going to be putting it in truffles so I got something decent. It’s a really really dry wine, which I like and not too many powerful flavours. I probably spent half an hour at the wine market trying to pick something that would be good. I kept looking at wines that had fruity overtones (blackberries, plums, cherries, etcetera) but what I really wanted is one that had chocolate as a pairing suggestion. Anyway, I got a nice Côtes de Bourg. I probably should have gone with a Cabernet Savignon or my tried and true Apothic Red blend but it worked.
This whole thing turned out to be a ton of fun. Making truffles is a very intimate ordeal. Each step requires careful attention and patience. You have to pay close attention to the ganache as it chills. You get really close to it as your shaping it. I had chocolate melting all down my wrists by the time I was done shaping the truffles. Then showing love and care as you enrobe them in chocolate and coating. If I didn’t understand why truffles were the food of love before, I sure do now. I would not bother making these for anyone I hated or even vaguely disliked.
I’m excited to try adding different things instead of red wine. I still have half the bottle of heavy cream that I didn’t use for these ones and a couple tablespoons of sorted lavender buds that I didn’t use for the lavender cookies so perhaps that shall be the next kitchen escapade.
And the love continues.
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The Red Wine Truffle Shuffle
Makes about 2 dozen.