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Video:How to Dip Truffles

with Abby Feldman

Dipped truffles are an indulgent, elegant treat that make the perfect gift for someone special. Here's an easy method for dipping truffles.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Dip Truffles

Hi there, Abby here with About.com. Truffles are an indulgent treat that also make the perfect gift idea. And it's a lot easier than you think to make your own.

Dipping your homemade truffles into tempered chocolate is the perfect way to give them a beautiful finishing touch and lots of flavor. Here's how its done.

Temper Chocolate to Dip Truffles

To start, we are going to temper the chocolate that the truffles will be dipped in. Tempering chocolate is the process of heating and cooling chocolate, giving a smooth, shiny and professional finish to your homemade chocolates.

First, break up one pound of dark chocolate. Place two-thirds of the chocolate into a bowl and clip an instant-read thermometer to the edge. Make sure not to use chocolate chips as they have additives that disrupt the tempering process.

Next, fit the bowl on top of a saucepan filled with boiling water and using a rubber spatula, stir gently until the melted chocolate reaches 115 degrees. If you're using milk or white chocolate, heat to 110 degrees. Remove the chocolate from the heat using oven mitts or a tea towel and place on a heatproof bench top.

Decrease Temperature By Adding Remaining Chocolate

Next, add the remaining chocolate pieces to the warm mix and stir until the temperature falls to 84 degrees. Remove any lumps of chocolate that haven't melted.

Now back to the stove. Reheat the chocolate briefly by putting it back over the warm water for 5-10 seconds, then remove and stir. Repeat this process until the temperature rises to 89 degrees (or 87 degrees for milk or white chocolate). And that's it.

Ensure Chocolate Is Tempered Properly Before You Dip Truffles

To test if the chocolate is tempered properly, spread a spoonful on wax paper and let it cool. If it’s shiny, smooth and crisp. you've done it.

Set Up a Workstation to Dip Truffles

Now to dipping the truffles. Start with preparing your workstation. Place the bowl of tempered chocolate in front of you with the tray of soft truffles on one side and a tray lined with baking paper on the other.

Gently slide a fork under one truffle and slowly lift and place into the melted chocolate. Carefully submerge the truffle so it is completely coated. Then, slide the fork under the truffle and lift slowly. Let the excess chocolate drip off.

Next, slide the fork over the lip of the bowl so the remaining excess is removed. Now carefully lower the fork close to the baking sheet and tilt so the truffle drops onto the paper. Repeat for the remaining truffles.

Let the Dipped Truffles Set at Room Temperature

Leave the dipped truffles to set in room temperature. If the room is above 70 degrees, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, and they're ready to enjoy. And there you have it -- beautiful, homemade truffles.

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