Utter Decadence- Grand Marnier Truffles

21 Dec

by Green Gourmet L

I’ve never met a chocolate I didn’t like- milk, white, dark; whatever you have on hand, I will eat. It’s just hard to have alot of rich desserts, especially when you have a buffet or Christmas table full of them. Not to worry, Green Gourmets are here to help! You can have your cake (or chocolate) and eat it too with this decadent recipe. A few of these and your sweet tooth will be satisfied. And guess what, dark chocolate is healthy! Antioxidants are good for you, right?

Grand Marnier (which is an orange liqueur) can be found in single serving bottles at any liquor store.

Grand Marnier

There is another liqueur called Gioia Luisa Orangecello, which is cheaper than Grand Marnier and tastes just as good (especially when used for cooking). The price difference is $5 for small bottle ($38 for 750ml) of  “Grand Ma” vs. $1 for Orangecello ($20 for 750ml). That way, you can get a lot of flavor for a little money. You can even make your own (recipe to come)! Decadent chocolate treats on a budget? Who doesn’t love that?

Grand Marnier Truffles

Makes approximately 15 truffles

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound dark chocolate (I used 1/2 bag of Ghirardelli 60% percent chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 TB orange peel
  • 1 TB orange flavored liqueur (Grand Marnier or Orangecello)
  • 1/3 tp vanilla extract
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Directions

Place chocolate chips into heat-proof mixing bowl. Use a peeler to take the orange peel (but not the white pith) from the outside of an orange. Heat the cream and orange peel in a small pan until just scalded (but not boiling).

Grand Marnier

Turn off heat and allow to sit for 15 seconds. Pour cream through sieve (to separate from orange peel) into bowl with chocolate. Whisk together until the chocolate is completely incorporated. If need be, place in microwave for 30 second intervals to melt completely. Whisk in orange liqueur and vanilla. Place in fridge for at least an hour.

Grand Marnier

Once chocolate mixture has cooled, use small ice cream scoop or tablespoon to scoop 1 inch balls. Roll ball in your hands to make it roughly round (this is a messy job, I won’t tell if you lick your fingers afterwards). Then roll in confectioners sugar and serve.

Grand Marnier

If not using immediately, keep in refrigerator until ready to serve, then bring to room temperature. These will keep for a few weeks in the fridge.

Grand Marnier

To print this recipe visit: https://sites.google.com/site/greengourmetsprintablerecipes/grand-marnier-truffles

Enjoy your decadent treat and don’t forget you read about it on Green Gourmets!

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