Preparing chocolate (and the Chocolate Mystery Sensation) for tonight’s party…friend of mine has invited me over for a party with him and about 30 friends…and I am bringing dessert. So the Chocolate Surprise is going as the centerpiece of a platter of truffles, and a second platter of chocolate dip (with strawberries, cookies, and other stuff to dip into the chocolate ganache).
I’ve tried some experimental flavors this time–four classics (Armagnac, whisky, cinnamon, boysenberry) plus mint (with fresh spearmint steeped in the cream) and my favorite for this round, rose-cardamom truffles. (I steeped some cardamom in boiling cream, and added a tiny drop of attar of roses.) They taste fantastic.
I’ve got everything poured and cooling in containers…in a little bit I’ll slice and decorate them. I’m going to cut them into squares, rectangles, diamonds, triangles, etc. and then dust them with cinnamon, cocoa, powdered sugar, gold leaf, and silver leaf–should look very pretty (I hope!)