Luxe – Truffle ResearchPosted: November 26, 2014
The original idea for Luxe was to do tea-lights, candles and truffles with a possibility of Christmas chocolates. However after a talk with Lee Sharma we agreed with his point that this sound more like two business instead of one. Perhaps that is the reason none has done the combined two yet. Personally me i would like to go with the candle idea as i am better in making things that creating foods, although it is Christmas period and most sensible thing would be to go with the chocolates on its own, also if the packaging is eye catchy and attractive we are hoping for them to be flying off the shelf at the Christmas market on the 16th of December.
As we decided to do truffles we definitely nee to explore the recipes that are out there and experiment with them also to make them unique and tasty.
Here are some of my research on truffles.
-Cream cheese (softened)
-Icing sugar (sifted)
-Plain chocolate (melted)
Also another one that attracted my attention is the orange truffles. I might not know much about truffles or chocolate however i know from my own experience that chocolate and orange is definitely a blissful combination.
50g (2 oz) unsalted butter
3 tablespoons double cream
100g (4 oz) good quality dark chocolate (chopped)
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1 teaspoon orange zest
100g (4 oz) good quality dark chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Storage instructions i found on BBC food section online:
Truffles should be eaten at the peak of ripeness (unripe truffles are not so flavourful) and can be kept in a sealed container in the fridge in an absorbent medium, such as rice or kitchen towel, to ensure that they do not rot from moisture on the surface.
Truffles can also be kept in a sealed jar with a few eggs which will absorb the truffley aroma through their porous shells.
However i am not certain it goes for all types of truffles, as i believe the storage would have to depend on the ingredients.
Looking into truffles and the recipes out there, i actually never thought is that many times shapes and sizes, we will have to really work to top what is out there. I found top 10 truffles online which really look fantastic and worth checking it out
Not forgetting our animal lovers we are considering in doing vegan truffles too, to expand our customer base.
RAW VEGAN CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES IN 5 MINUTES
1 cup medjool dates
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 heaping tablespoon cacao powder or carob powder
Pit the dates and cut them up into tiny gooey pieces, mash them together with the cacao or carob powder and hemp seeds until it all sticks together. Roll the mixture into truffles then coat with whatever you like – I kept it simple and used more carob powder. For extra ‘umph’ – what is that word… really – throw in some Himalayan salt, vanilla, ginger, chili or cinnamon
Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles
1 (165ml) tin coconut milk 300g dark chocolates at least 70 percent of cocoa solids)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 small pinch salt
unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
sieved icing sugar, for dusting