Friday, February 21, 2014

Top Shelf Truffles for National Margarita Day

If you've been following me this month, you'll know that I attended a Truffle Making class right before Valentines' Day led by Jenn of Rook No. 17. She is a chocolatiering wizard and an incredible culinary inspiration. She had us make a trio of dark chocolate decadence: one with champagne and gold leaf, one with raspberry dust, and one with granulated honey.

I went home and decided to make some saffron-infused truffles for my Spice It Up! class. The kids had voted to learn about saffron that week. I made a kid-friendly White Chocolate-Saffron Truffle and a Strega-Spiked Saffron Truffle for grown ups. Liquore Strega - in case you're unfamiliar - is a saffron liqueur from Italy.

So, for this event - girlichef's National Margarita Day round-up - I decided to try my hand at a tequila truffle. Here we go...these have a healthy dose of tequila in a Kaffir lime-infused ganache and are finished with a fleur de sel sprinkle on the top. Lime, salt...that all says 'margarita' to me. How 'bout you?

As far as these being 'Top Shelf', I liked the alliteration; I don't actually know if this tequila qualifies - sorry!

Tequila-Spiked Makrut Lime Ganache
makes approximately 30 truffles

  • 1-1/2 C 72% cacao chocolate, chopped
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 2 dried Makrut lime leaves
  • 1 T butter, softened
  • 2 T tequila (I used Patrón Silver Tequila)

Place chopped chocolate and tequila in a large mixing bowl.  In a medium saucepan, bring cream to a boil with the kaffir leaves.  Let steep for 10 minutes. Remove the leaves and bring the cream to a boil again. Pour cream over the chocolate.  Let sit for three minutes, then whisk until smooth.  Stir in butter. Refrigerate until firm - at least two hours. I left mine overnight.

Now all you need to do is scoop the ganache into truffles...and dip them in tempered chocolate.

Making the Truffles
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. With a tablespoon or tablespoon scoop, scoop chilled truffle ganache from your bowl and place on the lined tray. Refrigerate for a minimum of 15 minutes. (I let them chill for about 30 minutes.)

For chocolate-dipped to temper chocolate...

Place half of your chipped chocolate (I didn't measure, but you can just repeat the process if you run out of chocolate) in a double-boiler and, over low heat, warm until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the other half of the chocolate. Set aside until the chocolate begins to lose its shine; it's beginning to crystallize. Then, return the chocolate to the double-boiler and warm, over very low heat, until smooth and glossy.

Dip chilled truffles in the melted chocolate, one at a time.  You may use a candy dipping tool, but I just use a two-toothpick combo. Dip the truffle quickly into the melted chocolate and shake off the excess.  Place on the parchment-lined tray and use another toothpick to nudge the truffle off of the toothpick.  Dip the toothpick back into the melted chocolate and use a dab of chocolate to cover up any imperfections.

Immediately after chocolate dipping, sprinkle the truffle with a bit of fleur de sel.  Repeat with remaining truffles. Let the chocolate set. Serve at room temperature.

Serve with a shot of tequila for that extra kick! Salud!

And since this is a par-tay, here are the rest of the offerings!

Margarita Bites:


  1. These look fantastic! I have some fresh kaffir lime leaves in the fridge... hmmmm....

  2. These are beautiful and so decadent! What a great way to celebrate National Margarita Day!

  3. Oh, yes please!! I love this idea!! Happy Margarita Day!!

  4. I LOVE these. Your tips for making the truffles are fab and the recipe is delish!

    Happy National Margarita Day!

  5. Okay, I changed my mind, I'm doubling my order - I'll take 6! ;) Such a fun idea to infuse a margarita into a truffle, these sound fantastic, Camilla. Thanks so much for bringing to them to the party!

  6. These look so good! I'd like a bowl of them on my desk at work (no one would be the wiser hee hee). Happy National Margarita Day!

  7. Oh, man, do these sound fantastic! I love how you worked the classic margarita flavors into a confection!

  8. Oh. My. Gosh. These are definitely going on my list to try!

  9. How fun and creative! Wish I could reach through my screen and grab one!!!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  10. having a chocolate fainting spell here - yum!

  11. having a chocolate fainting spell here - yum!

  12. Your truffles look so perfect! I love that there's patron and keffir lime in there - talk about a delicious combination!

  13. Yum! Homemade truffles are amazing, and your's look delicious!