12 Days of Christmas: Salted Caramel Whiskey Truffles
SALTED CARAMEL AND WHISKEY TRUFFLE
11 oz dark chocolate (65% cacao)
8 tablespoon heavy cream
½ cup salted caramel (recipe follows)
¼ cup Irish Whiskey
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, Dutch process
Salted Caramel Sauce:
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons of heavy cream
½ teaspoons of kosher salt
1. Place chocolate and heavy cream in a heat-proof bowl over (not on) simmering water. Let chocolate and cream heat up for 3 minutes untouched. After 3 minutes whisk mixture until fully incorporated. Remove bowl from heat and let cool for 20-30 minutes. Stir in salted caramel (mixture may look slightly rough, but will even out and become smooth once more after the addition of whiskey). Add in whiskey and stir until fully incorporated. Pour finished mixture into a flat casserole pan. Cover the surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.
2. Remove chilled truffle mixture. Using a melon-baller, scoop out chocolate rounds. Finish forming truffles by hand and place on parchment-lined bake sheet. Dust truffles with unsweetened cocoa powder to finish.
Salted Caramel Sauce
Add sugar and water into a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Use a wet brush to remove any crystals that form on the side. Once sugar has dissolved increase heat to high. Now and then, using the handle give the pot a swirl to keep the mixture moving. Do not stir the mixture directly. The mixture will start to bubble after a minute. As the mixture darkens to a medium amber color, approximately 5-7 minutes, add the butter and cream to saucepan. The mixture will bubble wildly. Whisk to combine (bubbles will subside upon cooling). Add salt and stir to combine.
Recipe Courtesy of Bakers Royale