White Russian Truffles

23 Dec

Christmas Candy Making Installment No. 4:  The White Russian Truffle – AKA The Caucasian Truffle. These truffles are a gift for some of my closest friends, friends I don’t see often enough.  Friends with whom I have watched The Big Lebowski with 428 times or so.  There is a reason Caucasians are The Dude’s cocktail of choice, they are delicious.   I toyed with the idea of rolling them in powdered coffee creamer, if you are a fan of the movie, you know why, but I thought almonds a little more palatable, and prettier.

White Russian Truffles – Makes approximately 45 truffles

8 oz white chocolate

1/2 cup heavy cream

5 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons Kahlua

1 tablespoon, coffee, cold

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup almonds, toasted and coarsely ground

Place the white chocolate in a heat proof bowl.  Combine the heavy cream and butter in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and pour over the white chocolate.  Let sit 2 minutes and whisk to combine.  Add the Kahlua, coffee and vanilla to the chocolate, whisk to combine.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

This mixture is pretty soft. A piping bag (or a ziploc bag with the corner cut off) make quick work of  forming the truffles and is a cinch to clean up.   Refrigerate until firm.

Roll in the almonds or powdered sugar, coarsely chopped pistachios or cashews would be lovely as well.

“I guess that’s the way the whole durned human comedy keeps perpetuating itself.”  – The Stranger, The Big Lebowski.

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