Peppermint truffles are rich, thick, and creamy; they melt in your mouth when you bite. Doesn't that sound like a chocolate lover's dream? These truffles have only four ingredients but are dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
I've been a little crazy about chocolate, and it all started with my raw chocolate zucchini bread. But I'm ending this month with a special chocolate treat just in time for my birthday weekend!
If you've been reading my recipes for a while, you know I've always had a mint chocolate cake for my birthday since I was 6. But since I was told I had the celiac disease a few years ago, I've been pushing myself to make new gluten-free mint chocolate recipes.
So, I've chosen to make peppermint truffles for my birthday this year, which I've never done before. These tiny treats are filled with velvety ganache and have a crisp peppermint flavor. They are simple, rich, and wonderful.
WHICH PEPPERMINT EXTRACT TO USE
Note that you want to utilize peppermint extract, not mint extract. Even though the bottles look the same, the tastes are not the same. Peppermint extract comes from pure peppermint oil, while mint comes from a mix of plants in the mint family.
Even though there are many peppermint extracts to pick from, I like Neilsen-Massey Peppermint Extract the best. I always use this extract when making chocolate since it tastes like an excellent peppermint patty.
HOW TO MAKE PEPPERMINT TRUFFLES
This recipe for peppermint truffles couldn't be simpler to make.
- Create a double pot. Then turn the temperature down to a simmer and put a glass bowl in the pot.
- Put the coconut milk in the bowl and heat it for two to three minutes until it's warm.
- Mix the chocolate chips in the bowl and stir them slowly until they are as smooth as silk.
- Take the bowl off the double boiler and add the peppermint flavor by stirring.
- Let the ganache cool in the fridge for about two hours.
- Use a small cookie scooper to get some ganache out of the bowl. Then, use your hands to roll the ganache into a ball gently. Keep in mind that this can get messy! Roll them quickly because the dough will melt if your hands are too hot.
- Roll the balls in cocoa powder or another coating, and put them on a serving dish.
- Please put it in the fridge for 15 minutes to let it firm up. Then have fun!
SERVING AND STORING CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
Even though chocolate truffles are incredibly delicious, coating them in cacao powder, almonds, sprinkles, or powdered sugar elevates them to a new level. You could dip them in tempered chocolate for a firm exterior and soft interior. However, I decided to cover my peppermint truffles in cacao powder instead.
Since they are a little firmer and retain their shape better when served cold, the truffles taste best when kept in the refrigerator. However, they are stable at room temperature. Just a little bit softer.
The truffles can also be prepared in advance for a celebration, event, or occasion. Please keep them in the refrigerator in a storage container for up to two weeks.
PRO HINT: After they have a cold, roll them between your palms one more to get rid of any remaining cacao powder. This will eliminate any extra powder that could come off when you bite into it (as I did in the pictures).
Why is a sweet considered a truffle?
The word "truffle" refers to a fungus that resembles mushrooms and is considered a delicacy. Heavy cream, in addition to chocolate, is the main component. All truffles are made of premium chocolate, cream, and ganache.
What exactly is a truffle?
A delicious chocolate treat is known as a truffle. Melted chocolate, butter, cream, nuts, and various flavourings such as vanilla, liqueurs, coffee, and spices make up the interior of a chocolate truffle.
What does the name "truffle" mean?
After he covered his creation with cocoa powder, the chocolate balls' striking physical resemblance to the priceless truffle fungus inspired the name "truffle." Because chocolate truffles have varied looks in different nations, there are now many diverse variations.
These peppermint truffles have a silky ganache texture and a deep chocolate taste with only four ingredients. A truffle's luscious, melt-in-your-mouth heart is made from nothing more than high-quality chocolate and thick cream. I use the microwave and short bursts to melt the mixture quickly. With its natural peppermint flavor, this chocolate truffle recipe will enliven the Christmas season and requires no baking.