Monday, January 18, 2016

Tea Time Truffles

Hello Tea Friends,
Hope your 2016 is starting off in the right direction. 
I'm pleased with my initial attempts toward following one of my resolutions/goals. My goal of carving out more time for crafts has been achieved (well it's only been two weeks) and I look forward to sharing some Valentine related ones with you soon. Thank you for your supportive comments last post as I transition to blogging every other week. I've been really looking forward to reconnecting with all of you this week. I have today off of work so I'll be able to enjoy reading many other blogs. Yippee!

I am planning a Valentine tea with some friends that I haven't seen in a while. While reading Rachel Ray's magazine (January/February 2016 issue), I came across a truffle recipe called Chocolate-Tea Truffles. This piqued my interest and I "practiced" it last night.



Usually I only make truffles during Christmas time, but I thought they would be a nice dessert addition to the tea especially since Early Grey is one of the ingredients.




You only need minimal ingredients for these truffles.


Here is the full recipe:

1. Place 12 ounces of chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (61% cacao or less) in a medium heatproof bowl.

2. In a small pan over medium heat, bring 3/4 cup heavy cream just to a simmer. Remove from stove top.

3. Add 1 tbsp Earl Grey Tea (loose leaf or from 3 tea bags) to the hot cream.

4. Let steep 15 minutes.

5. Return pan of cream and tea to a simmer.

6. Using a strainer to catch the tea, pour the cream over the chopped chocolate. Stir until melted.

7. Cover and chill until just about firm (approximately 2 hours).

8. Using a 1/2 oz ice cream scoop or a tablespoon measure, scoop up the chocolate and roll into balls.

9. Roll chocolate balls into crushed shortbread. Chill.

I modified the measurements of the recipe a bit since I was doing a practice run. I only used 4 oz of chocolate so I only needed 1/4 cup of cream. This produced six truffles. I used Campbells Shortbread Fingers too.

 My family happily ate the truffles (rather quickly). It was fun to display them on my new ceramic stand from Home Goods along with tulips from the Farmers Market.



Today's featured teacup is one I shared with you before on this post. It is my oldest Shelley in the Star Border pattern.
I liked the combination of orange and green among the plate and teapot.

Thank you for reading,
Nora

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26 comments:

  1. I love truffles and use to make them, but it's been awhile.
    These look so easy to make that I may have to try making them.
    Love your stand and teacup.

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  2. Dear Nora:
    Well that's a great idea to try the truffles first and they look wonderful! I think everyone would love them at your tea! So glad you shared!

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  3. What a simple recipe, just the sort I like. I've never made truffles before, always thought of them as being a bit messy.
    Love your teacup.

    Diana

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  4. The chocolate tea truffles sound perfect for a teatime treat, Nora. I love your new stand and of course your teacup is a beauty.

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  5. YUM! Now I'm craving Earl Grey-infused chocolate truffles! Your Shelley teacup is lovely!

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  6. Those look delicious! How fun! And of course, I love the Shelley! Have a great week and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  7. Since I do love Earl Grey tea I should try these truffles.

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  8. Nora, your truffles look scrumptious and it is always a good idea to do a test run. Your Shelley is lovely too. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  9. These look very good and you have such nice new ceramic stand its a test that they were good since they went so fast. Thanks for sharing on Bernideen's Tea Time Cottage.

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  10. The truffles look easy to prepare and sound delicious, Nora! I'm glad you are getting some crafting in, too. Your teacup is sweet. Happy 2016 :)

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  11. Now I'm going to have to try very hard to forget that I can make truffles with only a few ingredients, and ones I happen to have on hand. :-) They look delicious. What could be better than eating chocolate truffles beside a roaring fire on this bitterly cold winter's day! Glad you're able to carve some crafting time out of your busy day.

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  12. that is a pretty tea cup and saucer. Chocolate truffles......they would have lasted all of a second in our house...LOL Glad you saw that book on my blog, it really is well worth the read.

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  13. Oh wow, I didn't know truffles were that simple, I'd always imagined a ton of steps involved to make them! I may just try to make these! Enjoyed this post very much, and your beautiful teacup was a beauty with the truffles! :)

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  14. Oh my, this recipe sounds lovely and decadent. Simple to make too.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Janet

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  15. Good morning Nora! Your truffles look delicious and fun to make! I love your table setting and the beautiful tulips. This is definetly a recipe to try. Have a beautiful week my friend. Lynn

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  16. Hi Nora! Having a Valentine's Tea certainly sounds like fun and your truffles truly look so delicious! I also love the pattern in the pretty teacup you have shared. Have a great Thursday!

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  17. They look tasty - and I love your new dessert stand. Enjoy your Valentine Tea!

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  18. Those sound perfect for Valentine's Day! Pretty teacup too.
    Sherry

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  19. Dear Nora:
    I will be featuring this post tomorrow on my featured blogs!

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  20. Hi Nora - yum, truffles, haven't had them in soooo long. This is def a recipe I need to try - and you are right- chocolate and St. Valentine's Day Tea go hand in hand for sure!

    I have come from Bernideen's party features to find you today and am your newest follower. : - )

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  21. Nora, I will be featuring your truffles post at my party No Place Like Home on Monday.

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  22. Happy New Year to you! I've also had to slow my blogging, due to work commitments. Blogging should be a joy, not a chore!

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  23. Happy New Year to you! I've also had to slow my blogging, due to work commitments. Blogging should be a joy, not a chore!

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  24. Hi Nora,
    Wow! Your truffles sound delicious! I love your new white tiered plate and tulips are so lovely at this time of year to make us remember that spring is coming. I have never seen that Shelley before. It is so pretty! Happy Tea Day! Karen

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  25. Hi sweet friend! Oh, your truffles sound delicious! Chocolate and Valentine's do indeed go hand-in-hand {{smiles}}

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs and joy!

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  26. Nothing like chocolate and teacups, two of my favorite things. I'm your newest follower, number 31. While I don't collect them, I love looking at other people's collections so am happy I found you.

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Thank you for visiting my blog today. I really look forward to reading your comments. Have a nice day! ~Nora