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Indulge in Romance: DIY Raspberry and Vanilla Chocolate Truffles at Home with Our Executive Pastry Chef, Loic Carbonnet

February 12, 2024

Indulge in Romance: DIY Raspberry and Vanilla Chocolate Truffles at Home with Our Executive Pastry Chef, Loic Carbonnet

As Valentine’s Day approaches, what better way to express your love than with a homemade treat? Our Executive Pastry Chef, Loic Carbonnet shares his expert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Chocolate Truffles. Follow along as he guides you through each step, ensuring your Valentine’s Day gift is both decadent and heartfelt.

Gathering Ingredients
Before diving into the culinary adventure, gather the following ingredients to create these exquisite truffles:
-Whipping cream, 215g
-Raspberry puree, 90g
-Vanilla pods, 1 piece
-Sugar, 50g
-68% Dark chocolate, 250g

Preparing the Infusion

Loic advises starting with a delicate infusion of flavours. Learn how to infuse vanilla pods and raspberry puree into the whipping cream, creating a luscious base for your truffle ganache.
1. Melt the chocolate gently to 25°C, ensuring a smooth base for the truffles.
2. Measure out the sugar, ready to impart its sweetness to the infusion.
3. Extract the essence of vanilla from the pods and infuse it with the cream and raspberry puree over gentle heat.
4. Allow the mixture to steep, infusing the cream with delicate flavours before bringing it to a gentle boil.
5. Blend in the sugar, creating a harmonious balance of sweetness and fruitiness.

Crafting the Ganache

Discover Loic’s secret to achieving the perfect ganache consistency. From melting chocolate to blending with the infused cream, every step is crucial to creating a smooth and velvety texture.
1. Pour the infused cream over the chocolate, creating a velvety ganache.
2. Blend the mixture until smooth, ensuring a consistent texture throughout.
3. Allow the ganache to set at room temperature for a minimum of 6 hours, allowing the flavours to develop and meld.

Shaping and Coating

With the ganache expertly set, it’s time to shape your truffles into spheres. To add a final flourish, gently dust your truffles with cocoa powder, imparting a subtle yet sophisticated finish. Loic’s attention to detail ensures each truffle is a work of art, ready to be presented to your beloved.
1. Once set, shape the ganache into small balls, ready for coating.
2. Melt the dark chocolate to 30°C, providing the perfect consistency for dipping.
3. Coat each truffle in chocolate, ensuring a smooth and even finish.
4. Dust with cocoa powder for a final touch of elegance, enhancing both the flavour and appearance of the truffles.

With Loic’s guidance, creating homemade Raspberry and Vanilla Chocolate Truffles becomes an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Whether you’re surprising that special someone or treating yourself, these sweet delights are sure to make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable.

Allergen Note:
Please be mindful of potential allergens such as milk and soy, depending on the chocolate used. If allergies are a concern, ensure to select suitable ingredients for your dietary needs.

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