Valentine’s Day Champagne Strawberry Truffles

Valentine’s Day is a day to share some extra-special time with your sweetheart. Surprise your main squeeze with extra-special truffles with this recipe from Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town Executive Chef Gilbert Aragon.

Surprise your sweetie with Champagne strawberry truffles.

Surprise your sweetie with Champagne strawberry truffles.

Champagne Strawberry Truffles

Makes 12 truffles

Ingredients:

12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1/3 cup heavy cream

½ quart strawberries

2 cups high quality Champagne

1 vanilla bean

 

Directions:

In a food processor, puree strawberries and strain to get a smooth strawberry puree. In a medium sauce pan combine champagne and strawberry puree and reduce (boil with the pan’s lid off until the volume is decreased) by ½.

Pour heavy cream and Champagne-and-strawberry reduction into another medium sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.

Pour the chocolate into a separate bowl and make a well in the middle of the chocolate. Add the hot cream mixture and stir from the middle out until you get a smooth consistency. Pour into a small dish and refrigerate until set, but not hard, for 1-½ to 2 hours. Roll out truffles into bite-size balls. You can coat with more chocolate or any of your favorite toppings.

Hotel Albuquerque Executive Chef Gilbert Aragon

Hotel Albuquerque Executive Chef Gilbert Aragon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chef Gilbert Aragon is the Executive Chef at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

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