Saturday, November 29, 2008

Easy Bourbon Balls - chocolate gifts from the kitchen

Here I am...still working on making all my Christmas gifts. Chocolates are something you don't want to make toooo far in advance as they have a fridge life of about two weeks. So if you are beginning to attend parties and need those hostess gifts...this is the time to start. Here is one of the recipes I am making this afternoon. I'll share the other recipe on a future post.

These are old recipes half-written down and made and remade over the years so much so that I can't remember where I exactly got them. I do remember getting together with a couple of girlfriends years gone by though, and making these in mega amounts before Christmas....over good conversation and laughter. You might just want to have such a party...it was fun!

First..... Eat a HUGE salad of healthy stuff so that you will be tooooo stuffed to sample more than you should...sigh.

Bourbon Balls
(makes about 3 1/2 doz.)
(As I remember this 'out of my head' I thot I would consult a similar recipe to make sure the amounts were right to put down for you to try. This one is from 'The Best of Fine Cooking'-Vol. 23. The ingredients were basically the same as I use so I followed this one for this posting to make sure it turned out as I good as the one I usually make. Yep...spoon licking good!)

  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup bourbon (I don't know a substitute if you want to go non-alcholic but I would welcome any suggestions so post your comments.)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2- 170 gram boxes of bittersweet (not semi-sweet) chocolate, chopped(about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups toasted pecans
  • 2 1/2 cups of pound cake in cubes (homemade or bought)
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
In a heavy saucepan bring the cream to a boil over medium heat. Remove and stir in the bourbon and the vanilla. Sprinkle the chopped chocolate all over the cream but do not stir. Let sit for 5 minutes or so. Meanwhile pulse the pecans in a food processor until they are coarsely chopped. Add the pound cake and pulse til finely ground. Stir the chocolate in the cream until smooth and creamy. Pour in food processor with crumbs and combine thoroughly. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate about an hour or until you can scoop into balls.

Sift the cocoa and icing sugar together into a medium to large bowl. Line a jelly pan baking sheet with wax paper. Scoop out a heaping tbsp (or if you prefer a one-bite truffle, use only a heaping tsp.) of the chocolate mixture and roll in hands to form a ball. Place the ball in the coating and roll around til all coated. Transfer to the wax paper lined sheet. Repeat until done. Sift the remaking coating over the balls to dust them. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Put in wax lined tins or tupperware containers in wax paper layers for up to two weeks. Give as gifts in beautiful foil mini cups or Christmas paper cups. Pack in pretty boxes or tins for hostess gifts or a gift to someone special.

9 comments:

  1. These would make a great Christmas gift, Trish! I can see why you would want to eat a huge salad first!!
    You amaze me girl..you have so many gifts ready for Christmas and homemade at that!

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  2. These sound wonderful..I too make a Bourbon ball with Quick Oats, Hershey bar and Icing Sugar...very simple and oh so good!!!

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  3. This would be a nice gift to receive! (smirk) but,they say it's better to give than receive. I'll need to make them to taste them and then quickly give them away.

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  4. you truly are an inspiration, making all these homemade goodies for gifts...(well, i am more impressed than inspired...;^D)no gift baskets from me, sorry pals.
    anywho, it would be a hoot to make this with a bunch of friends, how big is your kitchen, maybe next year betty and i will have to join you in the fun...smile.
    oh i would need more than a salad to keep me from sampling these..;-(

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  5. They do look really good Trish and your picture with the decorations is perfect. . .so pretty.

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  6. Oh my! I don't know a substitute either but I would say...don't drink while you cook! Great recipe!

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  7. I'm so excited to have found your blog! I'm always looking for new recipes and these look wonderful!
    Can't wait to see what's next!

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  8. I wonder if you could substitute orange juice for the bourbon and make choco-orange balls?

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  9. Hey...Mentalutopia...that sounds like a good idea. Maybe a concentrate so it is not too runny. Or I wonder...what about those flavoured syrups for coffee? Either way...one would want to make sure it had about the same consistency. Thanks for the idea.

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