Recipe of The Day #14: Chevre Truffles

Sometimes you just have to make something out of chocolate.  If it were me, I’d make things out of chocolate allthetimes, but I make goat cheese so much that there’s not enough extra time to make all the chocolate stuff I want.

Except for this.

Chocolate Chevre Truffles…with a kick.

I first found the recipe online here , and tweaked it a little to satisfy my new-found addiction to sweet and spicy bitefuls.  Or, sweet and dark chocolate balsamic vinegary bitefuls.  Either one.  They’re both delicious.  Mouth watering, actually.

And the little crystal of salt on top of the spicy gives it a special, unexpected zing.

 

Start with 3 ounces semi-sweet and 3 ounces bittersweet baker’s chocolate.

Melt it in a double boiler, or in my case, a heat resistant bowl set on top of a pan of 2″ deep boiling water (in other words, a makeshift double boiler.)  The bowl fits snugly into the top of the medium sized sauce pan.

After the chocolate is melted, stir in 6 ounces of fresh chevre.  I used my fresh, raw milk chevre.  You can use any kind…raw or pasteurized…of plain chevre.

It’ll look shiny and glossy like this.  Don’t eat it yet though.  Have patience.  And, now let it cool.  It’ll get thicker and pastier.  Put it in the fridge if you want to speed up the cooling process.

Divide the cooled chocolate in half and add 1 tsp (or more, depending on your spice tolerance) cayenne pepper to the first half.  Also add 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup.  Mush it all together.

In a second bowl, put the other half of the chocolate and add 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup and 2-3 tsp dark chocolate balsamic vinegar if you can find any.  I got mine at The Olive Tap.  Stir that all together.  If you can’t find the vinegar, just double the maple syrup.

Now, roll them into cute little balls and put them on wax paper.  You may have to chill the chocolate again if it starts sticking to your hands.

Melt the rest of the chocolate in the double boiler.

Stop drooling.  Just keep working.  Your patience will pay off.  Now that the chocolate is melted, carefully pour it over the top of each ball…and put a piece or two of coarse salt on the top.  If you want.  I’m just into the coarse-salt-on-chocolate thing these days.

But, no matter what, you might want to put some little identifier on top of the spicy ones so you don’t confuse them with the balsamic ones.  Your friend who hates spicey might never come over again if you give her the wrong one by accident.  Yikes.

Once you’ve coated them all, let them cool so the chocolate dries.  And, finally………drumroll please………

Now presenting….Chocolate Cayenne Chevre Truffles!

And, Dark Chocolate Balsamic Chevre Truffles!

Now, you can eat them all.  Share them with others if you are willing.

And, if you look closely, they have cute little feet.  You might want to nibble the feet off first.  Just a technique my 4-year-old pointed out.

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

P.S.  This recipe is posted and was created in honor of Belle Chevre and their Kickstarter Project to fund their new creamery.  Go check them out!

Recipe:

9 ounces semisweet baker’s chocolate

9 ounces bittersweet baker’s chocolate

6 ounces chevre, plain

1 tsp cayenne pepper, or more, to taste

2 Tbsp pure maple syrup

1-2 tsp dark chocolate balsamic vinegar

Coarse salt

1.  Melt 3 oz semisweet and 3 oz bittersweet chocolate in a double boiler.

2.  Stir in chevre until fully combined.  Let cool.

3.  Separate chocolate mixture into two batches.  Mix cayenne pepper and 1/2 maple syrup into one batch.  Mix the other 1/2 maple syrup and the balsamic vinegar into the other batch of chocolate.

4.  Roll into 1″ balls and place them on a piece of wax paper.

5.  Melt the remaining chocolate in the double boiler.

6.  Drizzle melted chocolate over chocolate balls.  Top one of the flavors with a crystal or two of coarse salt.  Let cool until outer chocolate shell is hard.  Enjoy!

 

 

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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2 Responses to Recipe of The Day #14: Chevre Truffles

  1. Pingback: Chevre Truffles with The Goat Cheese Lady

  2. Bonnie says:

    I can’t wait to try this! Anything with chocolate is bound to be good and I’m always looking for a good use for goat cheese. 🙂

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