Normally you make truffle centers by heating up some heavy cream and then letting the chopped chocolate melt in, but I did not have any heavy cream on hand. Undeterred, and really wanting some truffles, I scooped the coconut cream off the top of a can of coconut milk and used that instead. It worked nicely. To extend the theme, I rolled the truffles in some Green Coconut Bubble Tea powder. Now I don’t expect you to have this on hand, so please feel free to roll them in some cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or just dip them in some additional melted chocolate. If you love bubble tea and feel like this is an item you must have on hand, I ordered it here and the picture below is a truffle center rolling around in its pale-green glory. You might also find it called pandan powder.
To make the truffles, I placed a third of a cup of the coconut cream in a microwave-safe bowl and heated it for two minutes on high. I then placed six ounces (two large bars) of chopped, Scharffen Berger Bittersweet chocolate in the hot cream and stirred it until it was all melted together. I put in a pinch of cinnamon and some dried, powdered lemon grass, just for kicks. Put that in the fridge until it is firm enough to mold into small balls, and then roll the balls in the bubble tea powder (or whatever you prefer or have on hand). This will make about a dozen, very-rich truffles.
Now, on to the “share the love” giveaway. I have to say that this conference was the most fun I have ever had while also learning. Most. Fun. Ever. I met some wonderful new foodie friends, including Christine of Cook the Story, Robin of South Jersey Locavore, and Alli of All I Eat Food. I also got to hang out with some of my cooking contest friends, Lisa of Snappy Gourmet, Liz of the new blog Corkscrews and Curls, Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks, and Anna of Cookie Madness. The best fun was talking with everyone about the challenges and rewards of blogging (as well as contesting, among our little subgroup). That there were many parties, outings, and plenty of swag just added to the camaraderie.
Ergo, for this giveaway, I want to share a little of the generous swag we received at the conference (next year I will pack a larger suitcase). First, the great cookbook Salty Sweets:
As well as another great cookbook from Nordicware, The Great Cupcake Book, plus a bar of Scharffen Berger Mocha Dark Chocolate:
Yes, all of this can be yours! You too can experience the joy of foodie conference swag…
To enter, just leave a comment after this post, telling me either 1. why you think this is an awesome giveaway, or 2. your favorite North American perching bird, or 3. whether you have ever been forced to wear a hairnet.
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Comments are due by 2:00 p.m. M.S.T. on Saturday, June 4th. U.S. addresses, only please, as this is a not-for-profit blog. I will draw the winner using random.org and one lucky duck (technically not a perching bird) will win the swag!
Thanks for reading,