Sunday 30 October 2011

Raspberry Chipotle Truffles

I'm usually pretty good at ignoring the tempting beck and call of magazines in the grocery store aisle, but a couple weeks ago I caved. Christmas magazines, after all, are an exception...right?
(I may or may not have a wee, teeny, tiny...only slight addiction to magazines, therefore I may or may not have to exert more effort than the average person to avoid them for fear of drowning under all the piles of magazines I may or may not already have.)
 I bought the Victoria Holiday Bliss magazine.
Oh yes I did. And it is blissful indeed.

When I saw that Debbiedoo was hosting a magazine copy-cat challenge, I knew just what I was going to do.

Raspberry Chipotle Truffles.
Don't they look divine?

Of course, in keeping with my own tradition, I am arriving fashionably late to the party because that's the way I roll. But I say late is better than never...even though my husband strongly disagrees with me on that point.

I picked up the ingredients last night, and I must warn you, in case you want to try them for yourself...this is not a budget-friendly recipe! Had I known the cost of good chocolate before heading to the store, I may have chickened out! Gulp.
But I justified it, knowing that these little bites of deliciousness are making up the dessert course for a very special anniversary dinner coming up.
Today I spent much of the day working away at them.
They may require a bit of time and effort...but oh my. So very worth it.

Now I know the picture is not an exact replica.
I hunted for a silver tray that I was fairly sure I still had. Apparently I gave it away in my great I-have-too-much-junk-and-I-must-get-rid-of-everything frenzy after moving last winter. Thankfully I had the sense to keep this antique silver sugar bowl...and I think it looks rather pretty with the truffles, no?

I had to substitute a couple ingredients as I didn't have them on hand, or wasn't able to find them in our little town. The recipe calls for freeze dried raspberries (not so common in rural Alberta apparently!), but I used frozen raspberries and squeezed most of the juice out. The recipe also calls for sparkling sugar, but I used the pearl sugar I already had on hand. It worked out great and the taste is spectactular!
If you enjoy the zing of chili pepper in your will LOVE these!

Here is the recipe slightly adapted from Victoria magazine:

Raspberry Chipotle Truffles
Makes about 2 dozen truffles

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3 Tbsp. raspberry jam
24 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped and divided
1/4 cup frozen raspberries, thawed and juice squeeze out
(or 1/4 cup freeze dried raspberries)
11/2 tsp. ground chipotle chili powder, divided
1/4 tsp. coarse salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 Tbsp. vegetable shortening
1/4 cup sparkling or pearl sugar

In a medium saucepan, combine cream and raspberry jam. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Place 16 oz. of chopped chocolate in a medium bowl, and pour hot cream mixture over chocolate, stirring gently, until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in raspberries, 1 tsp. chipotle powder, salt and cinnamon. Place chocolate mixture in an airtight container and freeze until completely chilled and firm.
Scoop out a small amount of chilled mixture and form 1" balls by rolling with your hands. Place truffles on a baking sheet and chill until firm.
In a double boiler, melt and stir remaining 8 oz. of chocolate and shortening until smooth.
Using a wooden skewer, dip each ball into melted chocolate. Place on wire rack to partially set.
In small bowl, combine sugar and 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder.
Roll truffles in the sugar mixture to coat.

These are amazingly rich and decadent!!
Imagine what a great gift these would make at Christmas time.
Or, better yet, spoil yourself and pretend you're in Europe and savour one with a cup of strong coffee!



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  1. That looks amazing! I have always held high regard for those who could make truffles at home. Nice work.

  2. Those are mouth watering delish. They look pretty simple too for a gal like me. Thanks for sharing with the challenge. I look forward to next month when we can really get inspired with more holiday copies.

  3. Oh yea babe, now we're talking. Copy Cat Chocolate~!! what a fab idea and yours looks great.

  4. They look delicious and your display of them is beautiful!

  5. These look scrumptious. All the photos are so nice. Kathi

  6. They look fabulous! I do the purge and then "where is that?" too. :-)

  7. Those look so delicious!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

  8. They look amazing! I love your photo too!
    I have been meaning to try this type of candy, and the salty sweet.

  9. hmmm yummy looking... very tempting I come here via Bella's Amaze me August ... sure will try soon
    Happy if you come to see me at
    with love from

  10. Oooohhhh YES...on my to-do list for sure...raspberries and chocolate...two of my very favourite things!! Thanks for sharing!

    Deborah (happily visiting from you can drop by too!)

  11. Beautiful! Your truffles look absolutely fabulous! I've never tried chili pepper with chocolate before, but it sounds intriguing!!

  12. Those look so good and I love your pictures. Thanks for joining Wow.

  13. I want to try these! They look and sound so good! Visiting from Wow Us Wednesdays!

  14. Ohhhh yesss! I pinned these to my Pinterest Xmas board to make!

    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

  15. Yummy... love the presentation in the silver bowl! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  16. Glad to know I'm not the only one with a magazine "problem". I have that magazine too and appreciate your substitution suggestions, I'm not sure I could get freeze dried raspberries either. Thanks for sharing, Laura - Cottage and Broome

  17. This presentation is so elegant and the recipe right up my alley!

  18. They look beautiful and sound amazing-enjoy:@)

  19. omg these looks and sound delicious. Thanks for sharing. Hani. I found you via At The Picket Fence.

  20. These look beautiful and sound so tasty! I'll take one!

    Thanks for linking your delicious treat to Potpourri Friday!

    I have just become a friend and follower and hope you will to!

  21. Just the name of this recipe makes my mouth water. How could you possibly beat chocolate and raspberries!

  22. How very unique! They sound delicious.

    Pinning on pinterest. :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  23. They look so elegant and I love a little heat in my chocolate.

  24. Those look yummier than the inspiration! I wish I could reach through the monitor and grab one! LOL I bet they were delicious! Thanks for linking up to Latest and Greatest Friday!!

  25. I love this recipe! I love chocolate and heat together, throw in some raspberry - yum.

    I also have a slight addiction to magazines!

  26. Whoa, those look so delicious!

  27. will def. try that!!!!! looks so yummi

  28. Oh these look amazing! Pinning these to try for sure! And you are not alone in having a magazine problem. I just resign myself to being out of control this time of year knowing that I'll be good in January!

  29. Hi! Following from Foodie Friday... My husband would just love these and they'd make a sweet but sassy addition to my Holiday candy and cookie baskets!

    Thanks for sharing!

  30. Oh my goodness those look and sound divine! What an incredible recipe and I would love to give these a try this year. Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Inspiration Friday! :-)
    P.S. I'm going to put them up on our facebook page right now!

  31. How GORGEOUS and perfect for the holidays! I"m so happy to be your newest follower via serenity now. I hope you'll come over and follow me back at
    Cheers from another foodie gal!

  32. Oh this looks spectacular! I love raspberry and chocolate together, and the idea of adding the heat sounds great. Can't wait to try it :)

    Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

  33. Just wanted to let you know I featured these as part of my BFF OPen House wrap up! Feel free to grab a featured button from my sidebar if you like!

  34. They do look divine! I will be pinning for the holidays!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting


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