Did your head do a little tilt when you saw the title of this post? You are probably reading this post very curious as to what the heck a basil truffle tastes like. One word? Interesting. It is like nothing I have ever tasted before. Especially with the candied basil on top.
How did I come up with it? I love truffles, I love basil, and I attended a wedding last weekend with candied orange cupcakes. Candied basil seemed as though it belonged atop of this beautiful creation. Viola! Basil Truffles. The most interesting thing maybe ever.
For the Truffles-
- 8oz Ghirardelli (or similar quality brand) 60% cocoa chocolate, divided
- 1/4 cup of heavy cream
- 7 leaves of fresh basil
For the Candied Basil-
- 1 egg white
- 3 large basil leaves
- 1/2 cup super fine sugar
In a small bowl, roughly chop 6oz of chocolate and set aside. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a low boil and add basil leaves. Boil for 2 minutes and cover for 15 minutes. Strain the basil out of the cream and put back on burner for 1 minute. Pour cream over chocolate and set in fridge.
While the chocolate mix is cooling, make the candied basil. Crack an egg and separate the yolk from the white. Dip both sides of all basil leaves into the egg white and then immediately into sugar. Set aside. When the leaves are completely dry, cut with a scissor into strips.
Take the chocolate mixture out of the fridge and form into balls (if you have plastic gloves, break them out for this!). Return balls to the fridge. Melt the remaining chocolate and have candied basil close by.
Using a toothpick, fork, or dipping tool; dip the balls into the chocolate and quickly place candied basil on top. Let chocolate harden in fridge or freezer. Enjoy!