Homemade truffles may sound like a daunting dessert to make, but luckily it only takes a few quick steps to create these decadent chocolate treats. The beauty of truffles is that you can coat them with just about anything, so go ahead and get creative!
Add finely chopped chocolate to a medium bowl. Set a small saucepan to medium heat and add the heavy cream, butter, and the sea salt. Bring contents to a simmer, then remove from heat and immediately pour into the medium bowl with the finely chopped chocolate, making sure to evenly coat the chocolate.
Allow the chocolate and the cream to sit for two to three minutes. Add the vanilla, and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator until the ganache firms up, about two hours.
Remove the ganache from the refrigerator. Using either a small two-teaspoon cookie dough scoop or a spoon, scoop small portions of the ganache and roll into a ball with the palms of your hands. Once shaped, roll the truffle in the desired garnish to coat.
Once truffles are coated, gently cover with plastic wrap and place back in the refrigerator to firm up, unless you're serving them right away. Let truffles come to room temperature before serving.
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Kristan Raines has been passionate about baking ever since she was a little girl. She is a baker, author, food stylist, and photographer, whose creations can be found on her award-nominated blog The Broken Bread.