Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Culinary IQ: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Truffles and Candles

Romantic Food

Chocolate is probably the most romantic food gift there is. The next two gifts I am going to share with you could be paired with a nice bottle of champagne for a romantic holiday gift basket. Truffles, candles and champagne, what could be better?

Again these gift ideas are from the Gourmet Live app for iPhone and iPad:

Chocolate Truffles: Candy is ever-present during the holidays, so try a treat that will stand out: homemade chocolate truffles, which are much easier to prepare than you might think
Here’s How: Make chocolate ganache—simply two parts bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate with one part heavy cream. Heat the cream, then pour it over the chocolate in a bowl and let stand 5 minutes; stir to combine until completely melted. Let the mixture cool, then roll into 1-inch balls and coat with cocoa powder, confectioners’ sugar, or chopped nuts. For an even more impressive version try Chocolate-Covered Raspberry Truffles or Dulche De Leche and Nut Butter Truffles.
Cinnamon Candles: Forget cloying scented candles and create your own subtle cinnamon votives.

Here’s How: Glue cinnamon sticks vertically around the outside of glass votives, then tie a colorful ribbon around the sticks. The votives look festive and, when lit, emit a mild cinnamon scent that won’t clash with culinary aromas.

If you want a truffle recipe that is a little less involved, check out this recipe for Dark Chocolate Truffles.

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