Saturday, October 8, 2011

Chocolate and Cheese Pairings/Recipe for Cream Cheese Truffles

Chocolate and Cheese go perfectly together. You just have to have the right pairing.

Here are a few guidelines for choosing the perfect  CHEESE and CHOCOLATE pairing. Foods with similar flavor profiles work best together. For Darker Chocolates, choose a more complex, aged cheese. For Milk Chocolates choose a buttery cheese such as a Triple Brie. For Fruity Chocolates pair with a sharper cheese. For Nuttier chocolates pair with cheese high in butterfat. Spicy chocolates pair with sharp cheeses,

A few examples of Savory-Sweet Pairings:
Dark chocolate (80% or more cocoa) with a delicious true Blue cheese.
Burnt caramel chocolates with a beer-washed Cheese.
Bordeaux-style chocolate with a creamy triple crème Brie.
Citrusy chocolate with a semi-hard, buttery table cheese (feta or havarti).

Here's an easy recipe for Cream Cheese Chocolate Truffles. You might also want to try my recipes for Goat Cheese Truffles or Blue Cheese Truffles.

Cream cheese & Chocolate truffles

Ingredients:
3.5 cups powdered sugar
8 ounces softened cream cheese
4 ounces unsweetened or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup DARK cocoa powder, for rolling (or ground/chopped walnuts)*

Preparation:
1. Pour cocoa powder or nuts into a shallow pie pan and set aside.
2. Chop  chocolate into small pieces and melt in top of doubleboiler (or a pot over a pot of simmering water),  stirring after every 45 seconds to prevent overheating. Set chocolate aside.
3. In large bowl of electric mixer, beat softened cream cheese. Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat mixture on medium speed for a few minutes, until well-blended.
4. Stop mixer and stir in melted chocolate. Beat until well combined.
5. Remove bowl from mixer, cover it with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm enough to scoop, about 20-30 minutes.
6. Once candy is firm but not hard, scoop into 1 inch balls using a teaspoon or candy/cookie scoop.
7. Roll truffles in cocoa powder or ground/chopped walnuts.
8. Serve truffles at room temperature, but if you're not eating right away, put in airtight container and keep in refrigerator.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excellent cheese and chocolate pairing suggestions to help compliment each product. For a lazy chef one could just have a trail mix style bowl of various chocolates and cheeses.