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The only thing I can figure out about chocolate truffles being so expensive is the liquor ones, 'cause yeah, the alcohol can get pricey. But really, truffles are so easy to make (even here in the Valley of the Hot) that it can't be labor. I made my second batch of truffles last night and these ones are even better than the last ones -- they set up better and have a much finer texture (I measured my chocolate a little better). This time, they're flavored with Grand Marnier. Oh, yeah, they're good. (And I'm not just patting my own back.) I think I'll play more with them when the weather cools down again -- from here on, it's officially far too hot to make candy in Phoenix. It didn't hit 100 today, apparently, but it's expected to tomorrow.

Anyway, they may end up being a lot of Christmas presents this year. :)

I actually did manage to finish writing the scene I set out to finish. It's not perfect, but it's DONE. Whew.

Damn, I'm either getting really wussy or something, but MAN, it's HOT. :P


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May. 2nd, 2004 10:10 pm (UTC)
They are numlicious truffles. And you can only eat one at a time, 'cause they're pure chocolate density. Mmmmmmm!

BTW, Mike's Hard Lime is evidently good for relaxing muscles and promoting sleep, 'cause my nasty shoulder strain is mostly gone and I slept like the dead last night. Must find more of that--for medicinal purposes, of course. ;-P

May. 3rd, 2004 05:59 am (UTC)
I also make 'em a little on the big side 'cause that's easier. :D I'll try dipping them, too, rather than just the rolling.

Mike's Hard Lime be tasty, too. :)
May. 3rd, 2004 07:17 pm (UTC)
Post recipe, pretty please? I'd love to make some.

We had a record high day last week, it was 101. Then it went back down to mostly around 80-85. I think it might be up to 95 today, so I'm putting the air on for an hour until Steve gets home, since he's got a hour and a half trip home today from a resort in Laguna Beach. he says we need to go there on one of his days off because the beach is just lovely and really empty. I'm really glad about it being cooler, since I think another Arizona summer was going to do me in...

We're having steak and baked potatoes tonight, since Steve needs that protein after doing 5 hours of overtime in the last three days not to mention long commutes. Must remember to pay bills tonight and tomorrow!
May. 4th, 2004 06:57 pm (UTC)
1 cup heavy cream, scalded
1 pound chocolate
1/4 cup liquor (Chambourd, Amaretto, Grand Marnier, etc.)
Something to roll 'em in (nuts, chips, cocoa, etc.)

Scald cream. Put chocolate in metal, non-reactive, heat-proof bowl. Pour hot cream over chocolate. Let sit about two minutes. Whisk until smooth. Add liquor, whisk smooth. Refrigerate for at least four hours. Scoop and roll into balls, roll in nuts (or whatever). Set on wax paper or parchment and refrigerate until firm.

Ta da!
May. 5th, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Can't wait to try...
May. 3rd, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Chocolate!
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