A Valentine’s Giveaway & Chocolate Truffle Recipe

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We’re gearing up for Valentine’s Day here at HandPicked Nation and want to offer our community a delicious Valentine’s Day chocolate recipe from Nancy Meyer, a place to find even more HandPicked Valentine ideas and a GIVEAWAY to celebrate!

The Giveaway

Simply follow us on Pinterest to gain access to our HandPicked Valentine pin board, let us know in the comment field below and you’ll be entered to win a prize package containing two bars of small-batch, handcrafted Olive & Sinclair Southern Artisan chocolate, as well as a selection of HandPicked Nation’s exclusive postcards and stickers.

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Please note: You must make a separate comment for every entry – three entries, three comments as each comment will be assigned a number for a chance to win. The more you participate, the better your chances!

Already following us on Pinterest? That counts too…just let us know in the comment field. Contest ends February 14, 2013, at 11:59 pm (EST) and winner will be selected by Random.org. Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. Contest open to residents of US or Canada only. Full official rules below.

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Truffles

by Nancy Meyer

The perfect expression of sweet romance is the truffle. Truffles are a one bite delight – rich, silky, dense, and intense. A little goes a long way, making them the perfect bite of chocolate indulgence.

Although most truffle recipes have less than four ingredients, making them can be a messy job with all of the scooping and hand-rolling. For years my go-to recipe was from the quintessential Silver Palate Cookbook, but I have a new favorite that really reduces the muss and fuss with fabulous results. The recipe comes from Alice Medrich, guru of the baking and chocolate worlds.

With this recipe there is no rolling and shaping with your hands, instead a very sharp knife is used to cut really small squares. Preparation time lasts mere minutes. The finished product is silky smooth, intensely chocolatey, and melts in your mouth!

You can enjoy these chocolate truffles anytime. They are a perfect bite for a delice with wine or espresso after dinner, or with a comfy glass of milk for an afternoon pick-me-up.

48 - 64 truffles, depending on preference of size
Ingredients

1 pound semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped, preferably Valrhona or Callebaut

5 ounces unsalted butter, cubed (10 Tbsp)

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup boiling water

1/3 cup Dutch process cocoa powder (Droste)

Method

Line an 8X8″ pan with foil

Melt chocolate, butter, salt over low heat stirring until smooth, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a food processor.

Place the yolks in a bowl and while whisking constantly, slowly pour in 1/2 cup boiling water.  Work carefully and keep whisking

Pour egg mixture through a strainer into the food processor bowl with the chocolate

Purée until smooth

Pour into prepared pan and smooth with an offset spatula. Chill at least one hour until firm

Invert chocolate block onto cutting board. Remove foil and cut into 48 – 64 squares. Toss each into cocoa powder and arrange on parchment to firm and chill.

Keep cool and dry, or freeze.

Cook’s Note: With so few ingredients the quality of chocolate and cocoa powder is crucial. Better quality produces better truffles. If you like, add a tablespoon of liqueur such as Sambuca, Framboise, Kahlua or grappa for that subtle something extra.

Thanks to Nancy Meyer for the terrific recipe! We can’t wait to make these truffles.

Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest by Thursday, February 14, for a chance to be entered into our Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

Photo Credit: Nancy Meyer

Official Rules
No purchase necessary. You must be a U.S. citizen 18 years of age to qualify. Limit three entries per participant or household. Recipient will receive (by mail) two Olive & Sinclair chocolate bars and a selection of HandPicked Nation postcards and stickers, approximate retail value of $15 (US). Recipient will be contacted by HandPicked Nation, LLC (by email) to obtain shipping address information. Personal information of recipient will not be disclosed. Giveaway expires on February 14, 2013, at 11:59pm (EST). Sponsored by HandPicked Nation, LLC., 2183 Glasco Turnpike, Woodstock, NY. Void where prohibited.

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