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A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.-Elsa Schiapirelli

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Sugar High Friday#25: Eight is Enough!!

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(or, The Trouble with Truffles)

SHF is one of my favorite events. While I may not always eat the sweets I make, I do love handing them off to others!

And when I saw that Johanna had chosen truffles for this round, well, it was serendipitous.

See, this was the year Matt and I were resurrecting the dormant Two-Days-After-Thanksgiving Dinner, the Anti-Turkey event.

Matt doesn't really care for turkey, and I haven't had it in over ten years. For us, the traditional Thanksgiving dinner just doesn't make sense.

But what we used to do, while still in California, was host a huge dinner for friends the Saturday after.

So, we were planning our menu when I saw the SHF announcement. Perfect.

I could do this, and save the 'results' for our guests!!

Of course, I do get a bit ambitious.

I couldn't just make truffles.

No, I had to make Truffles.

Eight of them...sigh

Starting at top left, and going clockwise, Sweet Smoked Paprika (spice added to cream), Cashew-Topped Vanilla (vanilla bean steeped in cream), Orange (orange zest steeped in cream, plus a bit of orange liqueur), Hazelnut (hazelnut oil added to ganache), Fleur de Sel-topped Tea (loose tea infused cream), Amaretto, Pecan-topped Plain, Mint (mint extract in ganache, then rolled in crushed peppermint candy).





Manual labor!







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8 Thoughts for food:

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Brilynn said...

You are amazing. Your truffles are amazing. Just amazing.

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger Miao said...

This entry makes me hungry.

Just passing by.

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger Jeanne said...

You crazy chocoholic you! I am waaaaaay impressed - that's not a SHF entry - that's a Christmas Gift Box!! I love the sound of the paprika & the tea/fleur de sel truffles. An inspiration!

 
At 2:28 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks, Brilynn!

They take a bit of work, but they certianly got rave reviews!

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Miao...happy to help!

Thanks for stopping.

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Aw...thanks, Jeanne!

The paprika is awesome; great flavor combo. You really should try it!

 
At 6:53 AM, Blogger ilingc said...

stephanie, you are truly amazing. 8 truffles wow! i had enough trouble making 1!

 
At 12:16 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Iling; I will admit, it took all day to get them done. Matt and I had to schedule stove time, which really dragged out the process.

But, hey...it's not like I do it all the time, so it all works out.

And thanks!

 

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