Red wine and chocolate are the perfect pairing in this easy recipe for indulgent truffles. Perfect for Valentine's Day, romantic occasions, or any chocolate lover who deserves a treat (including you!).
4tablespoonsdry red wine, - such as Cabernet Sauvignon
2teaspoonsImperial Sugar Powdered Sugar
1/2teaspoonpure vanilla extract
Cocoa powder - for dusting
Place chopped chocolate in a large mixing bowl. Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium high, just until it boils. Pour hot cream directly into the bowl with chocolate, then add wine, powdered sugar, vanilla and espresso powder. Gently whisk the mixture together until chocolate is smooth and melted. (If chocolate does not melt completely, place it over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until it melts completely.) Cover bowl, then place it in refrigerator to set, 1 to 2 hours.1
Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and dust cocoa powder into a wide plate or pie dish. With a small scoop, melon baller, or spoon, scoop chocolate and form it into a ball, then it roll in cocoa powder. Place on baking sheet, then repeat with remaining chocolate.2
Refrigerate truffles for 30 minutes to set. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature.