Silky, creamy, blueberry chocolate truffles are an easy and elegant homemade treat and/or gift.
No celebration is complete without chocolate, and homemade chocolate truffles make for an easy and elegant treat. There is something undeniably gratifying about offering a homemade gift that is also thankfully easy to make and that’s what these chocolate blueberry truffles are.
Silky, creamy and studded with tiny bits of chopped dried blueberries, they can be served in individual paper cups or packed in cellophane bags tied with a ribbon to gift. The truffles can also be made ahead of time and keep well for weeks in the refrigerator making them a great make-ahead recipe.
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.
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 rich and intense with chocolate flavor.