A Gift For Dad

I’d like to begin with a special message for all the dad’s.

Happy Father’s Day! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Now back to our regularly scheduled post….

I don’t know about anyone else, but I sure have a hard time finding a gift for my Dad… Mom’s are so easy. Get her a day at the spa, a basket of smelly bath salts, or a bouquet of flowers, and you’re good to go… After a certain age, dad’s seem to have pretty much everything they want. And seriously, how many “World’s Greatest Dad” mugs does one man need?…ย After much thought and consideration, I decided to make chocolate truffles… I’ve always liked giving homemade gifts, especially edibles; and the best part of food gifts is, once they’ve been eaten, there’s nothing to dust or store away.

If you’ve never worked with chocolate, there are a few rules I think are important for you to know. Rule #1: don’t let any water touch your chocolate. Make sure your equipment is completely dry, and be careful of condensed seam dripping into your ganache. It may seem insignificant, but the slightest amount could ruin the texture of your batch and make it grainy… Now, admittedly, I am a chocolate snob, but here is Rule #2: the quality of chocolate you choose, directly affects the quality of your final product. Buy the best you can afford; and remember that if you don’t like how the chocolate tasted before you start, you aren’t going to like how the truffles taste when you’re done… Rule #3: use baker’s chocolate, not chocolate chips. The reason for this is, the chips contain less cocoa butter so that they hold their shape when baked in cookies. More cocoa butter means smoother, silkier chocolate, which is definitely what we’re looking for in a truffle. This also relates back to rule #2, cheaper chocolate contains less cocoa butter.

Now, time to get our fingers chocolaty!

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Truffles with Ginger

4 ounces (227 grams) Semi-Sweet Chocolate

2 ounces (8 grams) Candied Ginger (the sugar coated kind)

3 tbsp Non-Dairy Creamer

1 tbsp Margarine

1 tsp Grand Marnier

1/8 tsp Orange Extract

3 – 4 tbsp Cocoa Powder

 

Chop chocolate and set aside.

Mince ginger (minced, it’s approximately 2 tablespoons) and set aside.

In a double boiler, heat creamer and margarine, stirring frequently. Once the margarine has melted, add chocolate. Continue to stir frequently until chocolate has melted. Immediately remove from heat and (using a spatula), stir until ganache is smooth.

Stir in Grand Marnier, extract, and ginger.

When completely cool, cover and refrigerate until ganache is firm (this might take several hours).

When firm, shape a teaspoon measured scoop of ganache into a ball, and roll ball in sifted cocoa powder. Repeat until all ganache is used.

Cover truffles and refrigerate until firm.

Best served at room temperature.

Makes approximately 15 truffles.

 

 

11 thoughts on “A Gift For Dad

  1. Somer

    You are so right about dad’s having everything! I got my dad chocolate too. Unfortunately he was staying at my house for the weekend, and my dog ate his chocolate bar :/

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      1. Somer

        Right! It’s totally the thought that counts!

        And the dog never gets sick, he’s such a food thief! Our vet told us dogs have to eat an ounce of chocolate for every pound of body weight to get really sick. He ate a 3 ounce bar and weighs 60 lbs. He thinks since we are vegetarian, he is now one too. Doesn’t want to touch his dog food anymore and sneaks off with bunches of bananas, loaves of bread and more! Ratbag ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Starr Post author

      Glad to hear he’s ok… So cute that he likes veggies ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ve got one of those too. Harvey, the crazy kitty who adopted us, identifies as a vegetarian. Insane, right? I mean, he’s a CAT! But sure enough, if you turn your back on your lentil soup or veggie chili or almond milk, he’ll have his furry little face in it ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Somer

        Do you feed your cat a vegetarian cat food? I have been tossing up that issue for ages since dogs and cats are born carnivores, I feel like it messes with nature, but sometimes I feel like my dog is telling me otherwise. His favorite food is an apple for crying out loud!

    2. Starr Post author

      I am no expert, but as a child, I knew a dog who’s vet had placed him on a permanent, strict vegetarian diet, because he COULDN’T digest meat. Crazy, I know! That dog was really healthy and had tons of energy… Unfortunately, I doubt that I would ever trust a fully veggie diet for a cat. Harvey eats a high protein, grain-free kibble (it contains animal products). He also gets a vegetarian meal of wet food everyday, which I make myself. His favorite meal is the vegetarian one, so I don’t know what this says about him. Maybe that he’s weird.

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      1. Somer

        That cracks me up about Harvey! Animals are so funny! I need to do more research. I think of wild dogs and their instinct to eat meat and think that it’s only natural. But maybe he would do okay without that. The problem is that vegetarian kibble is filled with highly processed soy protein, which can’t be good for dogs either. I think that trying to prepare him meals every day that would meet his specific nutrition requirements is a bit overwhelming. In the meantime, he’s getting plenty of plant based fiber via his spoils!

    1. Starr Post author

      I completely agree… I’m lucky there was any left for my dad after I finished… uh… quality control taste testing ๐Ÿ™‚

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