03 May 2010

Peanut Butter Truffles!

I'm always wanting motivation to bake more, so I joined a baking/blogging challenge: Sweet Melissa Sundays. The idea is to prepare a tasty treat from the Sweet Melissa Baking Book and share experiences (and drool-worthy photos) about it. My first entry (which I really did do on Sunday, just didn't have time to blog about it then) was Peanut Butter Truffles, hosted by the lovely Mara of Love Your Mother Earth.

Here are all the wonderful components of the truffle: peanut butter and cream heating on the stove, chocolate waiting to be chopped, and butter. Later on I'll chop up some peanuts.

I've poured the hot cream over the chocolate. Doesn't look too promising.
But after sitting around for a few minutes, it whisks to a lovely smooth consistency. I then beat in the butter. It would have melted more quickly had it not been practically frozen when I put it in.

The rich, smooth mixture chilled in the fridge while we watched a few episodes of Battlestar Galactica and ate some pizza. (Also homemade because that's how I roll.) I couldn't take a picture while I was scooping and rolling the chocolate into little peanut-covered balls -- my hands got too messy for camera operations -- but don't they look nice sitting in the refrigerator?
They're delicious and rich. I do wish there was more of a peanut butter flavor, and also that I'd bought more heavily salted peanuts. And maybe chopped them a little finer. I took the good advice of several other folks and made half a batch, which translated into about 30 truffles.

Lots of fun!


karen said...

Awesome looking truffles! I agree that the bittersweet chocolate overpowered the peanut butter. Maybe next time, i'll use semi-sweet cause i increased the PB and still couldnt taste it!

Leslie said...

Welcome to SMS! Your truffles look terrific!

Katiecakes said...

I found the peanut butter flavour quite mild too. Very disappointing!

Katie xox

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...


Welcome to SMS. Great photos on your post!

I was late in posting mine...


Tracey said...

Welcome to the group! So glad you've decided to bake along with us :) You chose to come on board at the right time - a fairly easy first recipe! I think most people agreed there wasn't enough peanut butter flavor though unfortunately.

Joy said...

Hi Kelly!

My name is Joy, from “Hot Oven, Warm Heart,” and I’m a fellow SMS baker- I wanted to stop by to introduce myself, and welcome you to the group (sorry I didn't leave this comment sooner)! I’ve been a member for the better part of a year, and it has been a phenomenal experience. Besides making some delicious goodies, meeting so many other amazing bloggers has been a real pleasure. I look forward to getting to know you better as we bake together each week!

It looks like you're off to a great start with your peanut butter truffles- they look absolutely delicious.

Please feel free to stop by and say hello anytime- I’d love to hear from you! Here’s my blog address: http://hotovenwarmheart.wordpress.com/

Have a great rest of your week!