Chocolate Blueberry Truffles | A Sweet Surprise

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To celebrate the upcoming arrival of her new little baby boy, a few friends and I have gotten together to surprise our friend Amanda of {i am baker} and {i am mommy} with a virtual baby shower.  So that we can all celebrate together despite the distance between us, we have each posted a recipe today that represents what we would make for her shower since we couldn’t be there to throw her one in person.

Amanda is the sweet and very talented baker behind {i am baker} and an absolute genius when it comes to cakes and cookies.  She creates art with butter, sugar and flour, and her blog is full of her awe inspiring creations.  Behind all this talent is a woman with an enormous heart and an incredibly generous spirit that I am truly grateful to call a friend.

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I decided to make chocolate truffles because in my mind no celebration is complete without chocolate, and truffles are an easy and elegant party favor.  They can be served in individual paper cups or packed in cellophane bags tied with a ribbon to be distributed to the guests at a shower.   The truffles can also be made ahead of time and keep well for weeks in the refrigerator.

There is something undeniably gratifying about offering a gift with such an intense hit of chocolate, and yet is thankfully easy to make.  That’s what these chocolate blueberry truffles are – silky, creamy and dense, studded with tiny bits of chopped dried blueberries and lightly coated in cocoa powder.

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The inspiration for the additions of blueberries came from an incredible flourless chocolate cake I’d recently eaten at a local patisserie.  The cake was a rich torte with a thick, fudge-like interior similar to a dense souffle that came with the unexpected surprise of tiny little blueberries in each silky bite.  The combination of the rich, dark chocolate and blueberries was memorable and I was eager to recreate it in truffle form.

Chocolate truffles start with ganache.  Ganache is simply an emulsion of chocolate and cream to which flavorings are added.  It is the ratio of cream to chocolate that determines the consistency of the ganache and what it is used for.  An equal ratio of chocolate to cream (by weight) is considered a ganache of medium consistency,  2 parts chocolate to 1 part cream is considered a ganache of firm consistency, and soft ganaches have more than 50 percent cream.

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For the centers of these truffles, I made a medium-hard ganache – utilizing more chocolate than cream to produce a somewhat dense filling that would firm up just enough to hold its shape for rolling truffles.

Heavy cream is heated with finely chopped dried blueberries and a touch of honey.  The hot cream and blueberries are then poured over the finely chopped chocolate, and left to sit for a minute to start melting and bring down the temperature of the mixture to allow for better emulsification.  After the resting period they are gently stirred together in a slow, circular motion from the inside of the bowl towards the edges until silky and smooth and very soft butter is incorporated to the mixture to increase the butterfat percentage and add richness to the filling.  The result is intense.

What would you make for a baby shower?

Chocolate Blueberry Truffles Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Serving Size: makes about 30 depending on the size of the truffl

Chocolate truffles flavored with blueberries and a touch of honey.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz (225g) dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa solids)
  • ¼ tsp fleur de sel
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons (150 ml) heavy cream (double cream) (35-40% butterfat)
  • ½ cup (92g) finely chopped dried blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) honey
  • 2 Tablespoons (28 grams) softened unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (it’s important that the butter be very soft)
  • Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder, for rolling

Instructions

  1. Chop the chocolate as finely as possible to allow it to melt quickly and easily. Place the chopped chocolate and fleur de sel in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, finely chopped dried blueberries and honey and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let stand undisturbed for about 1 minute to begin melting the chocolate. Using a spatula, gently stir the mixture from the center outwards mix until all of the hot cream is incorporated and the ganache is homogenous.
  4. Whisk in the soft butter one piece at a time until incorporated. The ganache should be slightly thick and shiny. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the ganache until set, about 2 to 3 hours. As it cools, it will firm and thicken; it should be firm, but soft enough to scoop out and roll into balls.
  5. Remove the truffle mixture from the refrigerator and using a melon baller or small scoop, scoop up a scant tablespoonful of ganache for each truffle. Roll each portion into a round in the palm of your hand and place onto a parchment lined sheet. Put the formed truffles in the fridge for about 15 minutes or until firm.
  6. Sift enough cacao powder to coat the bottom of a shallow plate or pie pan. Toss each truffle in the cocoa powder so that it is well coated, then carefully toss the truffles between your hands to shake off the excess or roll the truffles around in a sieve to shake off the extra cocoa.
  7. The truffles can be served immediately or can be stored tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Serve the truffles at room temperature.

Notes

Gluten-free, Grain-free, Vegetarian NOTE: You can substitute any chopped dried fruit you like for the dried blueberries.

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  1. says

    Just beautiful! I don’t have any proper words to explain my feelings on this post.

    Sylvie, I want the same surprise on my baby shower!! ;) Truly beautiful post from you!

  2. says

    I just love it. The recipe looks wonderful. I haven’t made truffles in a long time. Now I’m inspired. By the way, the light is photo #4 is perfect. Beautiful.

  3. says

    Wow! The photos are gorgeous and only add to the deep dark mysterious lusciousness of truffles. I’ve made ganache and chocolate chip cookies using Lindt’s blueberry chocolate and it is a fabulous combination. Brilliant recipe!

  4. says

    Ethereal… love the sensual and surprising combination. These are gorgeous and I’d love to make some soon. I’d take iced sugar cookies to a baby shower, and wish someone had gotten me these beauties when I was a new momma! How sweet you friends are!

  5. says

    Wow, you have me speechless. This is the sexiest truffle post I have ever seen. They look beautiful beyond words. I want to have a baby real soon so you can make me a batch too.

  6. says

    Stunning! Just stunning!! I think I would need to make a double batch because I’m quite sure these wouldn’t escape my husband and kids and make it to the baby shower!! I’m really just speachless! Happy baby shower, Amanda!! We can’t wait to meet your little man! ♥- Katrina

  7. says

    Just have been to Duck shower Punch for the celebrations and here I am with another delicacy…love those sinful indulgence! Blueberries in the Truffles..Yumm..

  8. says

    WOW Sylvie…….these look incredible!!! I think I would eat all of them! haha

    Imagine how fun this would be if we could REALLY have this shower! oh the fun we would have!

  9. says

    These truffles are perfect for a baby shower or for any celebration! Would love them as a treat with a piping hot cup of espresso too. Beautiful virtual celebration of our friend Amanda :) xo

  10. says

    Such a lovely tribute to Amanda and your truffles are the perfect item to bring to her virtual shower! I know everyone is wishing that this shower was being held IRL, not only to share in all the wonderful food that is at is but to meet in person, all the wonderful friends that care so much about Amanda. She is an awesome lady and so too, are all of her shower hostesses.

  11. says

    Seriously the most gorgeous truffles I have EVER seen!!! Thank you SO, SO much for the sweetest, kindest words ever. You are SO wonderful Sylvie!!! I am in awe of your talent and humor and grace… just LOVE YOU!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

  12. says

    The dark cocoa powder is just so alluring, Sylvie. To know that hidden within are nibs of dried blueberry is just a wonderful chocolate secret! Beautiful, as always.

  13. says

    I used to make and sell truffles back in Brazil and I got a bit tared of them. But now, seeing your beautiful pics I realized in fact I miss these indulgent treats!!!
    The best use of chocolate ever!

  14. says

    These are beautiful. One of my favourite treats is chocolate covered blueberries so I think chocolate blueberry truffles would be taking that to a whole new level! Yum.
    Congrats to Amanda – she is truly an amazing talent!

  15. says

    These truffles look rich and delicious! Your photography is really beautiful, and makes them look soooo appetizing. I love the idea of a blueberry surprise inside–fruit and chocolate together = perfection.

  16. says

    I am in love with truffles and enjoy each flavor variation. However, I don’t think I’ve ever had them with blueberries and since the latter are one of my favorite fruits, I know I would love these just as much. :-)

  17. says

    Chocolate blueberry truffles? It can’t get any better than that. These truffles look like little delicacies of perfection…I must try these!

  18. @yumivore says

    This is one of those time I’m actually grateful I can’t actually access those truffles otherwise I’d devour them all. Delectable photos!

  19. says

    There is nothing more perfect than a chocolate truffle that is just the right amount sweet and dark chocolate bitter. Love these, Sylvie!

    xo

  20. says

    Sylvie…i keep coming back to look at the beautiful photos again and again..so if you see a sudden spike in your stats for this page…its me!!!

  21. says

    You tempt and tease so early in the morning! I have not made truffles in a long time but now am crazily craving them. I will often add a spice to the truffles like cardamom, cinnamon or some chili flakes. Sinful Sylvie is what I shall call you now ;o)

  22. says

    Another stunning post, Sylvie. I just learned how to make truffles not too long ago and I had so much fun making them. We layered coffee and tea flavors and wrapped them with slivered almonds and cocoa powder. Your bits of blueberry sound so delicious. Thank you for the inspiration!

  23. says

    A virtual baby shower, how sweet! And these truffles look very sweet too…and decadent, and delicious. I’ve never had a blueberry truffle, but I love blueberries, and I can imagine how wonderful these must be…

  24. says

    I don’t know Amanda at all, but I’m certainly grateful to her for inspiring these extraordinary truffles and several other beautiful recipes I’ve seen lately. These would also be just perfect, served with coffee, after a dinner party.

  25. says

    Sylvie – First i have to say what an awesome shower idea!! Secondly these look amazing. I love the idea of blueberries, i never thought of it but blueberries to go very well with chocolate, i always somehow usually use stawberries or rasberries. I still to this day have never made truffels, and i have no idea what i am waiting for :) I usually end up hosting a shower for my friends and Quiche is always on the menu :)

  26. says

    These are some sensual treats! My gosh, how i wish someone got these for my baby shower :-) well at least I can do it for someone else, instead of taking a regular cake. Mind blowing photographs as usual; so real that it makes me want to pick one.

    and have to say that i love the idea of the virtual baby shower.

  27. says

    How sweet of all of you to throw Amanda a virtual baby shower! I met Amanda at BlogHer Food last year and she was such a warm and kind person. I’m sure she was so delighted that you all thought of her and her upcoming arrival.
    And these truffles look and sound heavenly! Your photographs amaze me…as usual.

  28. says

    Congratulations to your friend! Beautiful photos as always. I would make something similar if I were attending a baby shower, as it’s easily transportable and everyone can have a nibble :) I might also make small florentines I think ^^

  29. says

    My oh my. These sound amazing. Berries and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Love the idea of a ‘virtual’ baby shower. What a lucky mommy-to-be!

  30. Lisa says

    Is there an acceptable substitute for fleur de sel? I purchased all the other ingredients needed but will not have time to hunt this salt down. Thanks!

    • says

      You can use any fine sea salt you’d like, just don’t use regular table salt, that would make it too salty. If you don’t have any sea salt you can leave the salt out completely, it is just there to accentuate the chocolate flavor, it’s not a crucial ingredient for the success of the recipe.

  31. says

    This virtual shower you guys threw was just so sweet. It really made me smile to follow it on Twitter as it unfolded :). Gorgeous truffles, I am really itching to know your secret to the warm, rich quality of light in all your photos.

  32. says

    These look absolutely delicious and so pretty too! I’ve had lavender on my mind and I’m thinking a lavender truffle experimentation with your recipe might be in order :-)

  33. says

    Sylvie, I found your website through a comment on mine and just wanted to tell you how delighted I am to have discovered it. It is absolutely beautiful, and your photography is lovely. I’m adding you to my Blog Love links. I’ll see you over at Honest Cooking.

  34. says

    How did I miss this post? I think its time to subscribe to your blog.
    Twitter is not dependable any more :)
    This is just so beautiful Sylvie.You are a star when it comes to writing and a perfectionist when it come to taking pictures.I love love the ease with which truffles can be done in no time.And using dried berries is a brilliant idea.What sharp pictures Sylvie…I can almost see the texture of cocoa powder.
    Have a nice weekend my friend.

  35. Lisa says

    I just finished making a double batch of these truffles to take to my cousin’s house tonight. Of course, I had to set aside a few for myself. These are by far the best truffles I have ever made. The combination of dark chocolate and the flavorful dried berries is wonderful. I used a 65% chocolate that I found at Trader Joe’s (and I also got the blueberries there for much less than I would have paid at our local grocery store). Even though I doubled the recipe, I only used a little over 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. The salt definitely added something. I cannot wait to try other flavors, but the blueberry is unique and very tasty.

    • says

      That’s great Lisa, I’m so happy you liked them. I use the chocolate and dried berries from Trader Joe’s all the time, they have great stuff. The salt is definitely “to taste”, you can leave it out completely or just add a pinch, whatever amount you like is just perfect. I think that dried cherries would also be a good choice for these. I hope everyone enjoys them tonight!

  36. says

    I had no made chocolate truffles since I moved to Argentina,but you tempt me . Last week I made a lot of Brigadeiros, a kind of condensed milk and chocolate truffles.

  37. says

    What a delightful post! Especially when we are caught up in the tulmut of world wide chaos it is great to remember that life goes on and that joy is brought into the world. I love this idea of a babyshower.

    Hmn… what would I bring? Well… as my oldest daughter is still on her red velvet cake mission (this week she is making it with beet juice), I guess I’d bring that.

  38. says

    Sounds wonderful! I am obsessed with truffles, never had them with blueberry though, and such a shame too, they look amazing. I will have to give this recipe a try.

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