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Make a tea-infused truffle without any trouble

Tea is a wonderful way to warm up and lift your spirits year round (hot or cold), but you can do more than drink it. Earlier this month, I was honored to be a guest at the Bauman Farms ladies tea. by: DAN PRED - Create tea-infused truffles with any flavor of tea that strikes your fancy.There was such wonderful hospitality, and great company, too! Since it was almost Valentine’s Day and I had to earn my keep, I showed everyone how to make these really easy chocolate truffles. I found this recipe online and altered it just a little to my personal taste and to fit the theme of the party.

Pick your favorite tea flavor (it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive) and use it to infuse things such as these truffles, crème brulee, marinades and more.

Tea-Infused Chocolate Truffles

  • (2) 4-oz bittersweet chocolate bars (chopped into small bits)
  • (2) 4-oz semi-sweet chocolate bars (chopped)
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4-5 tea bags (spiced cinnamon chai, vanilla caramel or other favorite flavors)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon and/or toasted ground toasted almonds
  • Directions:

    In a small saucepan, bring the cream just to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and put in the tea bags. Cover and brew 5-8 minutes. Remove the tea bags and squeeze out excess cream.

    In a medium-sized microwave safe bowl, pour the cream mixture over the chocolate bits and stir. Microwave on high for 40 seconds. Stir and if it’s not smooth, microwave 10-20 seconds more if needed. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

    Scoop the chocolate “dough” by level tablespoonfuls and lightly roll into balls. Roll in the cocoa powder with a bit of cinnamon, and/or nuts. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Serve chilled or slightly below room temperature. Can also be frozen up to two weeks.

    Notes:

  • Try berry or fruit flavored teas!
  • If you prefer a stronger flavor, use more tea bags.
  • Use cinnamon or vanilla powder mixed with the cocoa powder to enhance the tea flavor you use.
  • To save time and make more rustic looking truffles, just use a small cookie dough scooper and don’t hand roll them.
  • This recipe makes about 4-5 dozen small truffles or 24-36 larger ones.


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