Kentucky Derby Recipe: Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

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Chocolate Bourbon TrufflesThis easy to make Derby-inspired dessert will win over all your guests. Get the delicious recipe from Brooke Parkhurst and James Briscione, authors of Just Married and Cooking: 200 Recipes for Living, Eating, and Entertaining Together.

Makes 3 to 4 dozen truffles

INGREDIENTS
1 cup cream
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
16 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into small pieces
2 tablespoons bourbon

Optional Truffle Coatings: semisweet cocoa powder, finely ground almonds or hazelnuts, shredded sweetened coconut, or powdered sugar.

Bring the cream to a boil in a saucepot over medium heat. Add the butter and chocolate to the boiling cream, remove from the heat, and stir until smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture into a bowl and stir in the bourbon. Refrigerate until firm.

Set up a workstation: Fill a coffee mug with hot water from the tap. Place a teaspoon or melon baller in the water. Place a baking sheet that will fit in the refrigerator on the countertop and line with wax paper. Scoop small “balls” of chocolate onto the wax paper, dipping the spoon back into the water between scoops. Continue until the tray is full, then refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. Make small plates of whatever coating you choose: cocoa powder, ground nuts, coconut, or powdered sugar.

Remove the chocolates from the fridge and roll each ball between the palms of your hands to make them round. (Be prepared — this is a messy job!) Roll in the plates of coating and refrigerate to firm. Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before serving.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
James Briscione worked in the kitchens at Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, Ala., and later with chef Daniel Boulud in New York City. He was the first two-time winner of the Food Network’s competition Chopped and together with his wife, food writer Brooke Parkhurst, James teaches couples cooking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education and The Culinary Cooperative in New York. Brooke and James’ first cookbook, Just Married and Cooking: 200 Recipes for Living, Eating, and Entertaining Together, was released in May.

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