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Chai Truffles

I'm going to give the actual amounts I used for the truffles, but I warn you, it makes MANY.  About 10 dozen? I didn't count, I just kept rolling up little balls and packing them away.    If you want a more reasonable number, you'll have to cut it back proportionally yourself. 

Chai Truffles

1-1/2 c. whipping cream (or heavy cream)
12 teabags of strong black tea
1-1/2 teaspoons "tea masala"
1/2 cup butter (= 1 stick), cut into pieces
(3) 11 to 12 oz. bags of white chocolate chips, good quality
(1) 6 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, good quality

Note on ingredients:  The 6 oz. bag of chips can be replaced by half of a regular 12 oz. bag, of course.  The "tea masala" is a powdered mix of spices that can be found in some large supermarkets or in small Indian groceries.  The ingredients and proportions vary but the label on mine says "ginger, green cardamom, cassia (cinnamon), black pepper, clove, nutmeg."  You could also just use chai-flavored teabags but I would up the number of bags to 18 instead of 12.  If using regular tea, "strong black tea" doesn't mean Lipton.   Use Irish Breakfast or at least English Breakfast.   It might be fun to make these with Lapsang Souchong, or you could make an Earl Grey version without the "tea masala" chai flavoring.

Put the cream and tea bags into a large microwave-safe bowl.   Microwave on med-high for 3 to 5 minutes, till cream is just boiling but keeping watch to check that the cream doesn't boil over.  (Or heat cream and teabags in a pot on the stove for better control.)   Remove from heat and remove teabags, squeezing out the liquid from them as you do so.  Add  butter, masala powder, and chips, and stir till everything is well-blended and smooth.   Put in the refrigerator till fully set, about 2 hours, covering with plastic wrap if you need to leave it longer.  When you're ready to work with it,  bring bowl out and let sit for 1/2 hour at room temperature.  Take small spoonfuls of the mixture (the  "ganache") and roll into balls.  Roll the balls in any of the following:
(1) a mix made of brown sugar and confectioners sugar (which is what I used)
(2) confectioners sugar by itself  (too sweet for my tastes)
(3) good quality cocoa powder (too heavy/bitter for my tastes)
(4) finely ground almonds or walnuts (I didn't have)
(5) or dip in melted chocolate (I'd used all the chocolate in other recipes)

Makes.. many.  But they go quickly. :-)




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Dec. 20th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
That sounds super yummy. I'll put it on my list of things to try during my Christmas vacation ('cause I'm sure not going to have time before!)

Dec. 22nd, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Let me know how it goes! And I've finally noticed that dividing all the amounts by 3 works pretty nicely, if you don't want to commit to so many at once. :-)
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