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.
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.
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, 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
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
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!