This is my last post of the year so I am suspending Macaron Monday's just for today and going out of 2013 with a big sparkly BANG. Having some significant time home here in Germany, I have been sorting though all my baking accoutrement, spices, ingredients, decorating supplies, etc. Until I found it a few days ago, I had forgotten about a certain very large bag containing many many many different colors of disco dust.
For the upcoming New Year's Eve celebration, I made chocolate truffles. Chili pepper and cinnamon were both liberally used to create a lovely spicy candy. A pleasant flavor explosion party in your mouth.
I painted on different colors of disco dust as a freeform representation of fireworks and there you have it. A fun, pretty, festive treat for bringing in 2014.
I divided the batch in two and half went with us to a dinner invitation from friends who I din't think would appreciate my glittermania. Those I rolled in a combo of cocoa and cinnamon. They may not have looked as fancy but they tasted just as wonderful.
Wishing you all a wonderful New Year's Eve celebration and and they say here in Germany a good slide into the new year!
Spicy Fireworks Chocolate Truffles
- 8 ounces of semi sweet chocolate chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 cup cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons chili pepper
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- Disco dust - any color combo you like
- 1 tablespoon clear drinking alcohol (vodka, etc.)
- Small paintbrush
- Place the chopped chocolate in a heat proof bowl.
- Heat the butter and cream together until boiling stirring to combine.
- Pour the hot liquid over the chocolate and let sit for at least 2 minutes.
- Stir or whisk to combine.
- When mixture is smooth and one color, add the chili pepper and cinnamon.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the mixture has cooled completely and hardened.
- Remove the truffle mixture from fridge and using a spoon or melon baller, scoop out a portion and roll between your hands until a ball is formed.
- Place on a plate. Repeat until you have used up the mixture.
- Dip the paintbrush into the vodka and then into the disco dust and apply to each truffle.
- When finished, refrigerate the truffles until ready to serve.