You know that whole “Let’s all eat healthy!” thing that people (myself included) keep going on about around this time of year?
Let’s just suspend that level of reality for the next few minutes, because I’ve got a story to tell. It involves chocolate.
A few days ago, I happened upon this beautiful recipe for homemade chocolate truffles over at Simply Recipes. Upon reading how easy it would be to make my own truffles, all thoughts of healthy eating completely flew out the window. Convincing myself that they would still fit within my stricter eating regimen (really, how many calories could possibly fit in one teensy weensy truffle?), I set my sights on the culinary paradise that is Sur la Table to begin my quest for chocolate bliss.
Ohhh, Sur la Table is a dangerous place, isn’t it, foodies? The fact that they were having a huge sale made it even more brutal. In the instant that my eye caught sight of the vibrant Le Creuset pots, pans, and baking dishes I was a goner.
From that initial section of the store, I was drawn to the espresso machines, where they were giving out samples. I tell ya, those Sur la Table people know what they’re doing. Lure us in with discounted-but-still-ridiculously-expensive cookware and then hop us all up on caffeine? Pure genius.
The rest was a heady blur of hefty cookbooks, funky gadgets, and every pastry tip known to man. By the time I’d made a lap around the store, I looked into my little basket and realized that I’d completely forgotten the chocolate! Undeterred, I scooted over to the chocolate-y baking section and located two bars of Scharffen Berger (bittersweet and semisweet) as well as a tin of Guittard Cocoa Rouge (it’s all unsweetened, Dutch process, complex, and fancy shmancy). I know that I technically could’ve gone with a regular grocery store type of chocolate, but how many times does a person make their own truffles?
After paying for my truffle supplies and other goodies, I swiftly made my way home (after stopping for the requisite trip to Starbucks, of course) and got to work on these beauties. With just a few ingredients and a little bit of effort, I soon had a gorgeous bundle of heavenly truffles, decadently smooth on the inside with enough cocoa powder on the outside to smear all over your lips. Of course, my plan to eat only one didn’t really pan out, but that’s beside the point.
Note my glamorous photo shoot, complete with baby chopsticks for smudge-free truffle transportation, and then do yourself a favor and give these a try! You can grab the recipe over at Simply Recipes.