Impress the love in your life with a gift of tea-infused truffles. This simple 4-ingredient recipe can be made with any tea. We used our tea-of-the-month: Velvet Goldmine. The sweet and smoky flavors of this tea pair beautifully with chocolate and is 20% off for the entire month of February.
Approximately 4 cups of your favorite chocolate chips (We used a bag of semi-sweet Ghirardelli for the truffle filling and dark chocolate chips for the coating)
2 cups of whipping cream
½ cup of your favorite loose leaf tea (We used Velvet Goldmine, but any tea with a bold flavor will work. Our other recommendations are: Sweet Tart, The Shining, Summer in Provence, Earl Grey, Fireside Orange, and Chariteas House Chai. Let us know what tea you use and how it turns out!)
In a small saucepan heat the tea and cream over low heat until it starts to steam. Simmer, stirring constantly, for 10-15 minutes until it has reduced to about half.
Remove the cream mixture from the heat and strain to remove the tea. Measure out 1 cup of the tea infused cream.
In a double boiler melt down 2 cups of the chocolate until smooth. Remove from the heat and gently stir in the cream until completely incorporated. Refrigerate until firm, we let ours chill overnight, but a few hours should do the trick.
Remove truffle mixture from the fridge and bring to room temperature, this will make it easier to roll. Gently roll the mixture into balls with the palms of your hands, about a teaspoon at a time. Roll each ball into cocoa powder and allow them to set in the fridge while you melt the rest of your chocolate in a double boiler.
Dip your truffles one at a time in the melted chocolate and set them on parchment paper to harden. This is where you can let your creativity run wild! Before the chocolate hardens completely you can decorate them. With rose petals, sprinkles, nuts, cinnamon, salt… whatever you like. We let some of ours harden until we could handle them and rolled them in cocoa and beet powder. Some melted white chocolate dyed your favorite color can make a fun third coating on your truffles. Once you are done crafting your beautifully-delicious creations, let them finish hardening somewhere cool.
Now you can treat yourself or put them in a pretty box and surprise someone you love. We highly recommend enjoying your truffles with some tea!