Hope you all had a great holiday week last week, whatever it is you celebrate! We celebrated a very nice Christmas over here with both of our families and also had a lot of relaxing post-Christmas family hang out time which is always so much fun. Aside from quality time with family, one of my favorite things that I look forward to during the holidays is lots of sweets! Both my sister and sister-in-law are always whipping up some amazing baked goodies (this year was cinnamon sugar nutella monkey bread and glazed pecan pumpkin bread!!!), and while the downside is having to try really hard not to overindulge, the benefit is that I always come home inspired to make something sweet and creative too! After some thought, I decided I was gonna make some sprinkled-bombed white chocolate truffles 🙂
A while back when we were still dating, Dave and I took a chocolate making class that taught us the basics about chocolate like how it’s made, where it comes from, the difference between the different brands you find in stores, different states of chocolate, and also, my favorite part, making truffles! The class was led by a renowned chocolatier and had all sorts of proper professional tools and cooking vessels, but the great thing I took away from that class is you don’t necessarily need all that to make your own homemade truffles. You might not get a perfectly flawless truffle (who needs that anyways), but it’ll be just as delicious!
The two main things you need to know about making truffles is how to correctly temper your chocolate (slowly warming the chocolate from room temperature to a warmer, more workable temperature) and how to make ganache – that soft inside part of your truffle that is made with either just chocolate or sometimes with chocolate and other ingredients mixed in, like nuts, dried fruit or toffee. For these truffles, I chose the flavor combination of white chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut butter, and pretzels because those are some of my absolute favorite types of treats and I wanted a truffle that had a lot of crunch, sweet and saltiness, and a lot of depth in flavor. I also added a bit of butter to soften the bite and dryness of the pretzels since I added quite a bit of them, but you really don’t need any butter when making truffles.
Read on to learn how to make your own homemade truffles!:
-1/2 cup dark (or milk) chocolate chips
-1 and 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
-1 cup crushed pretzel sticks
-1/4 cup of smooth peanut butter
-2 tablespoons light cream
-2 tablespoons melted butter
-sprinkles to decorate
1. Place your pretzels in a ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
Crush until you reach a pretty fine consistency overall but with some small pieces, to maintain texture.
2. Make your ganache by placing your 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (I used dark, but you can use any type) and 2 tablespoons of light cream in a microwave-safe bowl and heating it in the microwave for about 1 minute (add 15 second intervals if necessary). Check halfway through to check on consistency and to mix.
You should end up with a smooth ganache. (This also goes great on cakes and cupcakes or as a filling, just add additional cream to adjust consistency)
3. Add your ganache and peanut butter to the crushed pretzels and mix thoroughly.
4. (Optional) Mix in melted butter.
5. Form small balls from your mixture about the size of 1 tablespoon each and lay them out on parchment paper. Use your spoon and the palm of your hand to gently roll the balls, but work quickly so that the warmth of your hand doesn’t melt them! Once finished, place these in the fridge while you make the white chocolate coating.
6. Place your 1 and 1/2 cups of white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 2 minutes total, checking on it every 30 seconds to mix and again, adding 15 second intervals of cook time if necessary. Once it’s melted, quickly take your chocolate pretzel balls from the fridge and start coating each one with white chocolate. I used a pair of chopsticks, which works better than a fork since you have more control over the truffle. If you wanted a dark or milk chocolate coating, the process would be the same.
Lay each truffle out on your parchment paper to set.
7. Take your remaining white chocolate and reheat for 30 seconds to 1 minute if it has hardened. Place a small dollop on each truffle (which acts as adhesive!) and add sprinkles for decoration.
I love that these little guys are bite-sized and super party-friendly. They would also make a great gift for someone who loves chocolate and thoughtful homemade goodies!
Thanks for stopping by!