I love chocolate. And these chocolate and goat cheese truffles are one of my favorites.
Goat cheese sounds like an odd ingredient to have in truffles. But having made these at a time when traditional truffles, made with cream and butter, were in my home, I can honestly say that these are a billion times better. The cheese balances the sweetness of the sugar and compliments the richness of the chocolate with a subtle tang. If using a mild cheese, it almost disappears into a “secret ingredient.”
I usually cut a little extra chocolate to allow for “shrinkage” from nibbling.
I do recommend paying a little extra for quality chocolate. When making a recipe, such as this, where chocolate is such a high percentage of the finished product, you will really be able to taste the quality. How can you tell if your chocolate is good enough? If you enjoy eating it straight, then it will work.
Tip: If you don’t have a double broiler to melt the chocolate, use a stainless steel bowl that fits well over a pot.
Whip the cheese with a little powdered sugar.
Add in the melted and cooled chocolate.
Mix until well combined.
Let the mixture chill in the fridge for an hour.
Form walnut-sized balls with a spoon and then roll in shifted cocoa powder.
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Chocolate and Goat Cheese Truffles Recipe
Recipe from foodnetwork.com
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 6 ounces fresh (mild) goat cheese, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sweetened cocoa powder, sifted
In the top of a double boiler, or in a metal bowl set over a pot of simmering water (make sure the water does not touch the bowl), melt the chocolate, stirring until it is smooth. Set the melted chocolate aside to cool for a few minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
In a bowl whisk together the goat cheese, sugar, and vanilla until it is light and fluffy. Whisk in the melted chocolate until it is well combined. Chill, covered, until it is firm, at least 1 hour.
To form the truffles, take a heaping teaspoon of the chocolate/cheese mixture and lightly roll it into a ball with your hands. Roll the finished truffles in the sifted cocoa powder, set them onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper, and chill until they are firm, about 30 minutes. The truffles can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.