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Old 02-14-2011, 03:58 PM   #15
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Hey, mistral blue, let's have a recipe for those chocolate ball thingies!

We got desert to go to share tonight---a multi-layer chocolate and ganache and cheesecake slice from the Cheesecake Factory.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Old 02-14-2011, 06:10 PM   #16
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Talking Chocolate Ball Thingies, Versions 1.0 - 5.0

Filling:
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 stick unsalted butter
6 oz milk chocolate pieces
6 oz semisweet chocolate pieces
1/4 cup Jim Beam (or champagne, or ???)
Dutch cocoa powder for dusting (v. 1.0)

Coating for version 2.0
12 oz semisweet
1/3 cup chopped pecans (optional v. 2.5)

For the filling, combine the cream and butter, cook on low heat until shimmering. Remove from heat. Now add the milk choc and semi, stir until melted and smooth. Mix in Mr. Beam, pour it all into a bowl, cover and freeze for about 40 minutes or so.

Line a baking sheet with foil or parch paper. Scoop out the filling by tablespoonfuls and drop onto the sheet. Cover and freeze for another 30 minutes.

Put cocoa in a bowl. Roll each choc mound between your palms into a smooth ball, then roll it in the cocoa. That's what you see in the picture above, version 1.0.

But maybe you want to go a little further! Version 2.0: Put the thingies back on the sheet and put them back in the freezer while you make the coating.

For the coating, line a 2nd sheet w/ foil. Place the semisweet choc in a dbl boiler over simmering water. Heat until smooth. Remove from heat.

Drop each thingie into the chocolate and coat completely. Slip a fork under your thingies and lift them out and on to your new sheet. Sprinkle with pecans if you want (2.5).

Put your chocolate ball thingies in the fridgie, uncovered, for about an hour. Store in an airtight container thingie.

In versions 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0, you don't have to do the chocolate coating thingie.

Version 3.0: Toast 1/3 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut over medium heat, stirring constantly, until just lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl and let cool. Stir in 1/4 tsp ground cardamom, pinch of ground cloves, 2 Tbls sugar, and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon. Roll each of your mounds in this bowl.

Version 4.0: Whisk 1/3 cup sugar with 1 Tbl cinnamon, 1 tsp allspice, 1 tsp chipotle powder, 1 tsp ancho powder. Roll your mounds through this.

Version 5.0: Whisk together 1/4 cup cocoa, 1/2 tsp 5-spice powder and 1/3 cup sugar.
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:11 PM   #17
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the choc' ball thingies...

would be choc' truffles done traditionally...

rolled in choc' powder 2 LOOK like a real truffle (fungi)

many variations but here's a traditional version in guy speak...

and with pix.

Chocolate Truffles - Recipe File - Cooking For Engineers

they are sometimes pricey but always should melt in U mouth...

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Old 02-14-2011, 06:35 PM   #18
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children work every day on chocolate plantions so everone gets to eat it. watch the movie , the dark side of chocolate.
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:58 PM   #19
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Will have to try these. Thanks for the recipes.


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coming soon 2 a rally near you...

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yes i'm already collecting the pork 4 this...



listen for the sizzle and smell the hickory nipp'n choc'

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Be still my vegetarian heart! Bacony chocolate goodness is very tempting
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:20 PM   #22
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I made sure I got what I wanted for V Day.... Enstrom's milk chocolate almond toffee covered with crushed almonds. I am not even really a chocolate lover, but this is out of this world. One caveat, it is homemade from a place in Colorado, no preservatives and you have to eat it within two weeks if kept in the frig. NOT a problem....
You can order online, it will be a vice for the rest of your life!

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