I recently found a dairy-free chocolate truffles recipe in The New InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook.Rather than having to melt chocolate and heat cream, these are quickly and easily made in a food processor. My only issue is that the recipe calls for almond pie filling. I assume they mean almond paste, right? I haven’t been able to find almond pie filling anywhere.
I made two batches, one with hazelnuts and the other using almonds. They both turned out yummy, and the taste difference is pretty slight. Even when using hazelnuts the almond extract and paste still give these an almond flavor.
1/2 cup whole almonds or hazelnuts, toasted (hazelnuts pictured)
4 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate
1 tablespoon almond pie filling (no clue, so I used almond paste)
1/8 teaspoon almond extract (I just dumped it in with the liqueur)
1 tablespoon strong hot coffee (which is not pictured below as it wasn’t yet made)
1 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur
Toast the nuts and allow them to cool, then chop them in a food processor until coarsely ground. Remove half and set aside. Add the chocolate to remaining nuts and process until finely ground. Add the almond paste and extract, and process until the mixture starts to come together.
Add the coffee and booze while the food processor motor is running, and process until the mixture becomes slightly thinner and smoother. This mixture will need to chill in the refrigerator for an hour firm up.
Then, just roll it into balls, dredge them in the ground nuts, and they’re ready to eat. Here is where having colds hands is helpful. I also dredged some of these in cocoa powder, but I ate all of those before I got around to taking pictures of the finished truffles. Also, I apologize for not having any pictures of the assembly process.
Inside their texture isn’t quite as creamy as traditional truffles, but it’s still pretty smooth. Keep these in the refrigerator, but don’t plan on them lasting long.
I also made a Chocolate Torte Dressed in Berries from The New Intercourses, and it turned out delicious as well. The whole idea behind this cookbook is that the recipes all contain aphrodisiac ingredients. While there are some lovely pictures in it, none of the photos are of the finished recipes. I don’t know why. I kind of like to know what I’m going for when making a new recipe. But, I’ve been very happy with the recipes I’ve tried so far.