12/24/07

Chocolate Orange Truffles

My regular readers know I don't care for chocolate very much, but when I do eat chocolate one thing I really can't handle is 'fruit' mixed with chocolate. Especially orange or raspberry! However, I do realize I am odd, in the minority and just plain weird so I dug into my recipe collections and found this one. The problem is that I have no idea where it came from. It uses Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk so perhaps it's from the Eagle company themselves?

Truffles are wonderful, so if you are looking for an orange truffle, here's your answer!



Orange Chocolate Truffles


1 can (300 mL) Regular Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk
16 squares (1 oz/28g each) semi-sweet chocolate
1 tbsp (15 mL) pure orange extract, or to taste
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) finely grated orange zest (optional)

1. Combine sweetened condensed milk and chocolate in heavy bottom saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously until chocolate is melted.
2. Remove from heat and stir in orange extract (and zest, if using). Chill until firm enough to handle, about 2-3 hours.
3. Shape into 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls (a melon baller is helpful). Roll in any of the coatings, and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Chill again until firm.

Optional Coatings: finely chopped roasted hazelnuts/filberts or other nuts, unsweetened cocoa powder, green decorating sugar, icing sugar or 1/2 cup/125 mL unsweetened cocoa powder mixed with 2 tbsp/30 mL icing sugar.
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