I love chocolate and dishes made with chocolate. I can never get enough of that smooth and creamy taste!
I remember when I was a kid, my mom and I would go out for a day trip to the coast. We'd visit all sorts of places, but we'd always make sure to stop by the Lindt Store. This is well before I started making my own chocolates, and maybe the crazy chocolates they sold inspired me to be adventurous. I mean did you know they have chile pepper infused chocolate? They do!
Yet the star of any Lindt store is the Lindor Chocolate Truffles. Sweet, creamy, color and cute to boot these little stars have long brought smiles to many faces. Little balls of any kind of chocolate you could want. Personally I love the milk chocolate ones the best! (Leave your favorite in the comments below.)
Making Homemade Chocolate
Valentine's Day has always been my favorite holiday, and giving homemade gifts has always been my favorite past time. It's only natural that they would combine. So a few years ago I got the idea to make my sweet boyfriend some sweet chocolates, for being such a sweetie, you know? I experimented for two months almost every afternoon, making huge messes every time.
My best candies seemed to come from intimating the popular chocolate out there. I made some mounds bars, peanut butter cups, and a few other extra treats. I've even made a version of these with sugared lilacs! It's messy work, and you're bound to make a few mistakes, but cleaning up the evidence is probably the best part.
So when it was my step-grandmother's birthday, I put on my apron and made a batch of chocolate unlike any other. I was aiming to create my own Lindor Truffles. I'd never made them before, but the end result was impossibly tasty and incredibly satisfying. Just one could satiate my ravenous sweet tooth. That's a miracle.
So if you're in the mood to make some sweet gifts, or just make a sweet treat for yourself, follow the recipe below! Feel free to experiment and make something completely your own. Good luck, and I'll see you at the end.
How to Melt Chocolate on a Stove
If you don't have a microwave, but you do have a stove you're still set! Below I'll give a few examples of ways to melt chocolate without a microwave!
- The best option is using a double boiler. This one should be self-explanatory.
- Another option is the DIY double boiler. One larger pot is filled with water and brought to a boil. The temperature can be lowered to medium. Another pot is placed in the large pot and filled with the chocolate (and perhaps a bit of butter, oil or cooking spray because burnt chocolate is no fun to clean) and stirred until the chocolate is melted. Shut off the heat and use the chocolate immediately.
- The final option I offer is one that needs to be the closest monitored. You can use a pot without any water underneath. I'd recommend using a little grate over the heat source, and below the pot. Whit this method you should use a bit of oil, butter or cooking spray and use very low heat. Stir the chocolate and watch it like a hawk so it doesn't burn.
How to Make Chocolate Ganache Without Cream
A key ingredient in this Homemade truffle is the ganache filling. I didn't have any cream in my fridge, so I made my own ganache from the following. If you wish to use your own ganache, feel free to skip over this section.
- 2 tbs of butter
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of chocolate
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(I used semi-sweet chocolate in my recipe, but you can use any chocolate or candy melt for your ganache. One time I even added homemade lilac syrup. It may change the texture, but part of the fun is experimenting!)
Place butter and milk in a small pot. Heat the mixture at medium to high temperature. Mix until the butter and milk combine, and the mixture starts to bubble at the corners. Do not let the mixture boil!
Place the chocolate in a separate, heatproof bowl. Pour the butter and milk mixture into the bowl and mix until the chocolate has melted and become smooth. Place the bowl in the fridge to let chill. Chilling it makes it easier to use later.
Of course you're free to make your own ganache, or use any kind of filling. Even peanut butter! Just make sure it's relatively solid and not pure liquid.
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This chocolate is split into three layers: a thin bottom layer, a dollop of ganache, and a thick top layer. The recipe below shows measurements for the bottom and then top layers of chocolate. My ganache recipe is above, but you're welcome to fill the chocolate with whatever you desire.
Below the recipe is a picture step-by-step, and below that are the nutritional facts! Good luck.
Recipe For Chocolate (not ganache)
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
- In a microwave safe dish or over a stove, heat the bottom layer of chocolate until it's creamy and smooth.
- Carefully spoon the chocolate into the bottom of the cupcake liner.
- Let the chocolate set before you do the next steps.
- Take the chilled ganache out of the fridge and carefully spoon a dollop right in the center. Avoid letting it touch the sides, because you want it surrounded by the top layer.
- Repeat step 1, but with the bottom layer. Stir until smooth
- Carefully spoon the chocolate around the sides of the chocolate, keeping the ganache from reaching edges and leaking.
- Cover the gap with chocolate and do a little swirl.
- Let set and enjoy.
Extra Nutritional Information
The average calorie count in a Lindor Truffle is 79, where the calories in these homemade chocolates are pretty huge! So while these sugary treats are delicious beyond measure, make sure you don't overdo it! Luckily, these chocolates are incredibly satisfying and just one is enough for a day.
Come up with your own Lindor Truffle idea? Post it in the comments below!
Good luck, chocolatiers.
© 2015 Mary Hutchens