A box of chocolates is nice, but spending the time making your own may really show your sweetie you care this Valentine's Day.
The staff at Petite Philippe in Charlotte shared this recipe for Raspberry-Chipotle Truffles on WBTV News Sunday Morning:
7 oz best quality milk chocolate*
9 oz best quality dark (58 - 65%) chocolate*
2 oz clarified butter/ghee
7 oz heavy cream
4 oz seedless raspberry jam
1.5 - 2 whole chipotle peppers plus 1+ tsp adobo (more or less to taste) **
cocoa powder or raspberry powder, for dusting finished truffles
*Where to buy special ingredients:
*Best quality chocolates: Sur la Table carries E. Guittard, Scharffen Berger and Valrhona brands. Williams-Sonoma carries E. Guittard. Grocers carry Guittard 60% chocolate chips. You can find ghee/clarified butter at the grocery store; regular butter contains water and will not produce the same results.
**Chipotles in adobo sauce can be found in the International/Mexican food section of grocery stores. Amounts used are ‘to taste.' Best to start with a smaller amount and taste the cream, jam and chipotle mixture before blending into chocolates. You can add more pepper or adobo at this stage, if you like. Puree the pepper, if you add more, and bring back to scalding temps before pouring over chocolate.
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