Grand Marnier Truffles
Yield: about 30 truffles
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into small pieces
- 4 ounces milk chocolate, broken into small pieces
- 4 tablespoons Grand Marnier
- 4 egg yolks*
- 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 teaspoons orange extract
- Heat butter in a small saucepan until very hot and bubbly (be careful not to let it burn). Remove from heat and add the chocolate. Stir constantly until smooth and melted. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until foamy. Beat in the sugar gradually, add extract and liqueur and continue to beat until thick. With mixer on slow to medium speed, gradually beat in the melted chocolate mixture. Beat until smooth and well mixed. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes or until firm.
- Place your choice of coating in a bowl. If you're going to have more than one, use separate bowls. Some possible coating choices are: toasted coconut, chopped nuts, unsweetened cocoa, powdered chocolate, crushed Oreo cookies.
- Scoop out a teaspoon full of the truffle mixture and, using your fingers, roll it into a ball. Work quickly as the heat of your hand will quickly start melting the chocolate. Drop ball in the coating bowl. Repeat the process until there are 4 or 5 balls in the coating bowl. Gently roll the truffles in the coating mixture and a sheet of wax paper.
- Wrap truffles in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to ten days or in the freezer for up to a month.
* Pregnant or nursing women, young children or any with an immune deficiency should not eat foods made with raw eggs.