Raspberry Truffles

by Shoshana on March 21, 2010 · 9 comments

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One of my favorite things to make for Passover is truffles. Even though Kosher for Passover truffles are easy to buy, homemade ones are worth the effort. They look much more complicated and impressive than they really are and make a stunning addition to any cookie platter or dessert buffet. (in the picture with the truffles are lemon meringues, almond thumbprints and chocolate hazelnut cookies) They can also be made in a variety of flavors. For delicious truffles it is critical to use good quality chocolate since the chocolate is the primary flavor. For more information about Passover chocolate see my FAQ page.

For these truffles I wanted a strong raspberry flavor so I used raspberry puree in place of the standard cream. Because of the fresh fruit they are not quite as stable at room temperature as other truffles. They should be stored in the refrigerator and taken out 15 minutes before serving so they can come to room temperature.

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Raspberry truffles

6.5 oz chocolate
1/2 cup raspberry puree (see below for recipe)
1 oz (2 tbs) vegetable oil
cocoa powder for dusting

Finely chop the chocolate and place it in a heat proof bowl. Combine the raspberry puree and oil and heat it until almost boiling. (This can be done in the microwave or in a small pan on the stove. Stir frequently if using the stove) Pour the hot puree over the chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk or stir gently until completely combined and smooth. If some chocolate remains unmelted microwave the mixture in 10 second intervals, stirring well each time, until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture into a shallow bowl or pan and refrigerate until firm, at least one hour.

Using a small scoop or spoon roll small balls of the chilled ganache. Coat the balls in cocoa powder and serve at room temperature. Store any leftover in the refrigerator.

Raspberry puree
12 oz raspberries, fresh or frozen (defrosted if frozen)

Blend raspberries in a food processor or blender until pureed. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, using a spoon to press as much of the puree through as possible. Discard solids. There may be more puree than needed for this recipe, save the rest for another use.

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Rebecca March 21, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Can I hire you to come to my house and bake Passover desserts for me? Those look delicious!

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Shoshana March 22, 2010 at 9:21 pm

@Rebecca, I would love to come just to see you all, but it is a bit far to get there before pesach. Give my love to your family.

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Ruth H. March 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm

We are looking for new dessert recipes for Passover…! We love our old standards, but we are always looking to add…! Thank you!

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Shoshana March 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm

@Ruth H., I hope you enjoy the new additions. I know that my family is partial to the old standards too so I often have to make both.

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mindy trotta March 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Delicious! Now, can we get the recipe for the Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies. I have adapted a non-Passover recipe for Passover, but still would love to see what you’ve come up with! And thanks for the heads-up regarding the K for P chocolate. Now I know why tempering the darn thing is so difficult–not really chocolate!

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Shoshana March 22, 2010 at 9:20 pm

@mindy trotta, Hi Mindy, The chocolate hazelnut cookie recipe should be up in a day or two but I am happy to email it to you if you want it before that, just send me an email. Chocolate coatings made with vegetable oil (like many passover chocolate) should behave like tempered chocolate without having to do anything special, so depending on what you are doing you may just have to melt them.

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Laura March 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Shoshana: that cookie plate is fab looking!! Great mix of cookie types, and the chocolate cookies look really, really decadent.

I agree that Alprose is great, but have you tried Schmerling 70% bittersweet? Excellent.

Great idea to use hazelnut with chocolate–I love that combination. I just made Beacon Hill cookies (Alice Medrich version) and used pecans, but hazelnuts would have been even better. There is something about hazelnuts and chocolate that is uber sophisticated.

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Rachel March 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I made these on Monday to give as a Pesach gift to the immediate family prior to seder. They are amazing, and were very easy to make.

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