These dark chocolate truffle squares are smooth and intensely chocolatey.
Pure deliciousness, that’s what these little squares are.
Now if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you’re probably already familiar with my penchant towards the dark stuff.
I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a good chocolate tart, a silky pot de crème, a rich chocolate fudge slice, and I’d give everything a good dip in it if given a chance. So I suppose it comes as no surprise that I’d be swooning over chocolate truffles, but let me tell you, these are no ordinary truffles!
You see there isn’t an ounce of cream of any sort in sight in these chocolate truffles, just chocolate and water. What you’re left with is a truffle with a bold, clean flavor and a velvety texture akin to a thick mousse.
If this sounds familiar to you then you’ve probably heard of Hervé This and his famous Chocolate Chantilly. He created the technique of melting and whipping chocolate and water together to create a light and airy dessert that’s probably the easiest mousse you’ll ever make.
Taking inspiration from his method, I tweaked the ratios and ended up with a denser ganache with a mousse-like texture that can be chilled and sliced into squares or rolled into balls and dusted with cocoa powder to make some intensely good truffles.
From there I continued to play, adding a bold flavored honey for a floral undertone, or using a little coconut sugar for a caramel-like note. That’s what I love about these; they are a blank canvas awaiting your imagination.
You can get fancy by infusing them with tea (earl grey or jasmine would be nice) or adding a swig of fruit liqueur (I’m partial to blackberry and black currant) if you feel so inclined; or stay simple but sophisticated with a sprinkle of pink salt for even greater depth of flavor. A pinch of cinnamon or even cayenne would be a welcome addition if you like a little spice with your chocolate.
If you’re looking for something quick and easy to make and give as a gift for the holidays, this recipe is definitely for you. Make a large batch to gift and don’t forget to keep a few for yourself!
What are your favorite chocolate desserts?
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