Thursday, January 21, 2010

Chocolate Truffles For Your Vegan Valentine

Looking for something deliciously decadent to give your Valentine this year? Well, a good place to start is with these rich homemade chocolate truffles! They're a very basic recipe, and are super-simple to make, but they sure don't skimp on taste. I made them for the folks here at work and was quite pleased with my results. I veganized this recipe from the Martha Stewart Living February 2010 issue.

So, without further chatter, I give you:

Valentine Chocolate Truffles

8 oz. bittersweet vegan chocolate, in morsels or chopped
1/2 cup Silk Vanilla Coffee Creamer
1 tbsp. Grand Marnier or other liqueur
1/4 tsp. salt
unsweetened cocoa powder, for rolling the truffles


Place the chocolate bits in a bowl. Bring cream, Grand Marnier, and salt to a simmer in a small saucepan. Pour the mixture over the chocolate, and let it stand for about two minutes. Then, whisk it until smooth and velvety.

Next, pour the chocolate into a small-ish baking dish (I used an 8-inch cake pan) and refrigerate until it's chilly. I'd recommend about an hour or so.

Finally, scoop balls of the chocolate mixture using a tablespoon and roll them in the cocoa powder, tossing until fully coated. My mixture was a little warmer than I'd like (I only chilled the mix for 30 minutes), so my hands wound up covered in chocolate when I tried to make these into perfect little balls. But, do what you need to do to get the job done. You may wind up with chocolate covered hands, but really, that's not so bad.

They're best when they're a little bit chilly, so keep them in the fridge until you're ready to serve or gift them.

A note about the chocolate choice: I used Ghirardelli chips that were 70% cacao. The chips were really rich tasting, so my truffles turned out really, really rich tasting. Think of it as making an even more concentrated flavor than what you started with. So, if you choose something lighter, you'll wind up with a more delicate flavor, if you choose something darker, you'll wind up with a more robust flavor. Just to keep in mind!

Happy (early) Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti in Los Angeles

Hello Friends!

Sorry for the long absence. Unfortunately, one thing after another occurred back in October, including TWO bouts of the flu, and I just lost track of things! But fear not, I'm back. It's a new year, and I've got fresh eyes. And, of course, I'm ready to delve in to some vegan cooking.

One of the first things on the to-do list this year is to get involved more, and next Sunday's Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti at Locali in LA is the prefect place to start. On January 31, 2010, Locali will be hosting an awesome bake sale benefiting Doctors Without Borders. So if you're in the area, come by to sample some delicious goodies for a wonderful cause. Boyfriend and I will be there representing Augusta Vegan Bakery (my Etsy bakery) ready to sell and sample some yummy animal-free treats.

We hope to see you there!

5825 Franklin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

To find a Bake Sale in your area, please visit the Post Punk Kitchen blog here.