I had a conversation about tempering chocolate the other day.
Actually, the conversation was partly about how I am doing it wrong – this is my own declaration. I do not use a double boiler, I do not use glass bowls over water, I definitely do not use a microwave (okay, so I am not doing it completely wrong…)
If you have read any of my previous truffle recipes, you may already know this – all I do is chop chocolate, then melt it in a pan at the absolutely lowest setting my gas stove allows, stirring constantly and rapidly with a spatula. That’s it.
Works every time, and whether dipping truffles or painting chocolate into molds for filled truffles, it hardens into the shiny coating you find sparkling back at you from the chocolate counter at the candy store.
These truffles have a rich melty center with the perfect hint of mint. I am making them for my valentine, and for a few well deserving friends…
Today I am not only sharing with you my absolute favorite truffle recipe ever, but I have a giveaway as well – with four winners!
You know the weekend was a good one when the whole household is passed out sleeping by 9 pm. In the living room, on the couches, in front of the television.
These last couple weeks have been an exciting whirlwind, and this weekend that kept going – our schedule was full from morning to night both days. I am in no way complaining, because we had a great time.
So many great times.
One of them was a going away party for a dear friend who is moving back home, back to Missouri. The party was as epic and fabulous as she is – she broke her own rule of “there will be no crying”. Friends flew in to surprise her. Several bands played. There was grilling and a huge table full of food.
I brought desserts. They had to be colorful, they had to be over the top.
These were definitely a hit and did not last long.
orange zested rainbow crispies
inspired by this recipe
vegan, dairy free
makes 9-12 squares
2 tablespoons butter (Earth Balance)
10 oz package marshmallows (Dandies vegan!)
zest of 1 orange
1-2 droppers Orange NuStevia
6 cups Trix cereal
Zest the orange (grapefruit zest is good also), set aside. Melt butter in saucepan, add marshmallows and orange stevia. Stir over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat, add rice puffs, stir until combined. Add orange zest, mix completely. Press into prepared pan (9×9 square makes tall rice crispies!) cover and let set.
Safe travels, Jeni Mae. Have grand adventures and we will see you soon!