Monday, May 05, 2008

Chocolate Brownie Truffle Bites

This is very addictive ... be warned! Oh and don't be scared by the lemon, you never taste it.

1 2/3 cups chocolate chips, your favorite chocolate just not white
2 T butter (NOT margarine) I use the Land o Lakes sticks
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup flour all purpose
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 325.

Spray a mini-muffin pan with non-stick spray that has flour added (the brownies come out much easier that way). Place 2/3 cup chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl with the butter. Microwave on high 40-60 seconds or until smooth, stirring after each 20 second interval. Add sugar and egg, stir until smooth. Add flour and stir until just incorporated, it will be a little stiff but thats ok. Using two teaspoons (or a small scoop) divide batter evenly among wells filling about 1/2 the way full. Flatten the top to make smooth surface.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are set (don't overbake,they will be too hard).

Meanwhile, pour cream into microwave safe bowl. Heat on HIGH for 1-2 minutes our until hot. Add the rest of the chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Place bowl into freezer for 10-12 minutes or until mixture is cool and starting to thicken, it cools much quicker if you use a larger bowl so that the chocolate is shallow. Stir and place in ziploc baggie if you'd like or you can just use a spoon.

Remove brownie pan from oven; cool 2 minutes. Press tops of brownies to make a well, using the small scoop if you have one. Cool in pan 3 more minutes. Trim ziploc baggie (if used) and pipe ganache into each brownie well, don't over fill the ganache will melt easily and be super messy. Garnish as desired. (Whipped cream, cherries, strawberries, lemon zest, nuts, etc.)

These really are one bite desserts. If you try to bite it in half be ready with a plate to catch the melted chocolate. So be brave and just pop the whole thing in! Make sure to try it with whipped cream and lemon zest YUMMY!


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