Welcome to dark chocolate week! Even better, two weeks!
I think this is my favorite Meatless Monday project yet, and it was something I made for my mom for Mother’s Day. Mom loves lavender, both the color and the scent. When I was little she had a tin of lavender pastilles candy that intrigued me.
We had the family over on Saturday to celebrate (forecast to be a much nicer day than Sunday, and we wanted to grill and be outside). I wanted to create a delicious dessert mom would love, and wanted to use dark chocolate.
The best thing about this recipe? Three ingredients total and an impressive result!
Dessert was a warm brownie with ice cream, topped with a truffle. I made the brownies and ice cream also. Recipes for another day…
lavender cream chocolate truffles
dairy, soy, and gluten free, vegan
makes 12 large truffles, 20-22 regular size
8 ounces dark chocolate, divided
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (canned)*
2 1/2 tablespoons** culinary lavender, chopped fine
*Without shaking, open can of coconut milk, spoon out 1/2 cup of the thick portion at top of can for this recipe.
**While this seems like a large measurement (and if you taste the infused coconut cream it is strong), once you add the dark chocolate the result is a subtle hint of lavender flavor.
Chop 4 ounces chocolate.
In saucepan, bring coconut milk and lavender to a boil, reduce to simmer and stir continually for several minutes. Remove from heat, strain cream into bowl to remove lavender. Return infused cream to saucepan over lowest heat, add chopped chocolate, whisk until smooth. Remove from heat, cool. Cover and transfer to refrigerator to thicken (1 hour).
Chop remaining 4 ounces chocolate, and melt over lowest heat possible, stirring constantly and rapidly. Spoon a small amount into each mold, and using a small paintbrush, coat the mold completely. Place in refrigerator until set.
Fill each mold with lavender ganache filling, leaving room at the top to seal with more chocolate. Reheat remaining chocolate and fill each mold, covering the filling completely. Tap molds on counter to remove any bubbles, return to refrigerator to set. See step by step photos of this process here.
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