bourbon truffles with smoked sea salt

bourbon truffles with smoked sea salt

Just when you think chocolate truffles can't get any better, try adding in some of your favorite bourbon. Here bourbon pairs beautifully with a hint of briny smoked sea salt, rounding out the flavors in these truffles perfectly. The truffle recipe is extremely versatile and can be made using vanilla extract instead (for a non-alcoholic version), or with another kind of liqueur (Grand Marnier, Bailey's etc.) if desired. 

  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, divided
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • Smoked sea salt, to taste
  1. Chop bittersweet chocolate and 2 ounces semisweet chocolate as fine as you can with a sharp knife. Place in a heat-proof mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat cream in a small saucepan until it just boils (small bubbles form on outside of pan). Add butter and cook until it melts. Pour over chocolate and using a heat-proof spatula, slowly stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in bourbon until incorporated. Refrigerate mixture for at least 2 hours.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a 1-inch ice cream scoop, form chocolate into truffles. Roll quickly with hands until truffles are smooth. Place truffles on prepared baking sheet and transfer to freezer for about 1 hour (to keep them for longer, cover them well with plastic wrap and when frozen, transfer to a zip-lock bag).
  4. Fill a saucepan with a little bit of water. Place a glass bowl on top, making sure water in pan doesn’t touch bottom of bowl. Add remaining 6 ounces semisweet chocolate to bowl and simmer over low heat until chocolate is completely melted.
  5. Remove truffles from freezer and working quickly, roll each one in chocolate with a teaspoon, coating well on all sides. Place truffles back on parchment and dust a little bit of sea salt on top of each one. Chill until ready to serve, at least 1 hour.

Makes approximately 8 truffles.

cook's note: If you can't find smoked sea salt, substitute with fleur de sel or kosher salt.


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