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Fabulous Chocolate Truffles
These truffles are fabulous and easy to make, but don't attempt them if you are in a hurry. They require long chilling and freezing times. Make sure you have room in the refrigerator and freezer, too, for the truffles!
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Serves: 20 large truffles
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 5 to 10
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22-24 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter

In a 1-quart glass bowl, combine 10 ounces of the chocolate and the cream. Heat in a microwave on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until mixture is melted and smooth when stirred. Stir in butter until smooth and melted. This might take a few more minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth and evenly colored. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours or overnight.

Using a melon baller or small ice cream scoop, form the chocolate into 1-inch balls. (If the chocolate mixture is too hard, let it stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before shaping.) Place the truffles on a wax-paper-lined baking sheet and freeze for about 1 hour or until firm.

Melt the remaining chocolate. Let the melted chocolate cool until warm but still liquified.

Set the bowl of the melted chocolate over a bowl of very hot water, off the heat, to keep warm. Alternatively, set the bowl on a plastic-covered heating pad, set to high, to keep the chocolate warm.

With two crooked fingers, dip the truffles in the melted chocolate to cover. Transfer to a wax-paper-lined baking sheet. When the sheet if full, refrigerate until the truffles are firm and the chocolate coating is set.

The truffles can also be rolled in finely chopped nuts and/or sifted cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate. Roll them in the nuts or cocoa immediately after shaping into balls. Store in refrigerator or in an air tight container.

If you decide to roll the truffles in nuts or cocoa, you will not need the remaining 10 to 14 ounces of chocolate. Wrap it well and store it at cool room temperature (not in the refrigerator) for another use.

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