Do you ever find yourself mindlessly poking around the internet? And no, I’m not talking about the times when you’re feverishly searching for naked pictures of Ryan Reynolds or the hacked pictures from Miley Cyrus’ phone. That’s a whole different poking around. No, I’m talking about those times when you just seem to jump from one site to another without really even thinking about what you’re doing. Yes, occasionally you end up with some terrifying thing staring back at you from your monitor, but sometimes you actually find something good.
Several months ago I was playing this game of internet roulette when I stumbled across a blog called Brave Tart. It’s written by a CIA graduate that also just happens to be a pastry chef in Kentucky. Reading through her site, I realized it’s a good thing that I live 3,000 miles away because I’d probably become a stalker at her restaurant given the desserts that she makes. But I digress….
The page that I landed on was for a recipe called Truffle Dust. I wrote down the recipe, and her site, knowing full well that there would be a day when I was going to make this magical dust. Besides, I already make chocolate truffles. While they aren’t that hard to make, they do take a fair amount of time. So if I can get a little taste of chocolate truffles without all the muss and fuss – I’m in.
Being that it’s now December, I’m in the holiday candy making frame of mind. So I’ve been working on the list of homemade chocolate candy that will be going into my gift baskets for this year. This truffle dust dessert topping was at the top of the list. Of course, I’ll share more of this years list inhabitants as we move through the month. But one of the things I like about this truffle dust, is that it will last beyond the holiday and can be used in/on so many different things.
Of course, you could just stick your finger in it and eat it as is (a bit barbaric…but I totally get it). But using it as a dessert topping is where this magic dust just shines. You can sprinkle it on top of ice cream, brownies, pudding, pot de creme, slices of cake….I think you get the idea.
When I was asked to be part of the Eat My Blog charity bake sale I knew this truffle dust dessert topping was what I was going to make. Yes, these pictures are the actual tins that will be at the sale (it’s December 10th in Pasadena if you happen to live in Los Angeles area). I thought these would be really easy to display and for people to buy for their own Christmas gifts. I’ve got some big time coffee and cocoa drinkers on my list this year. So I’ll tuck 3 of these tins into a cute or cool coffee mug with a spoon as a little gift for them. Cute don’t you think?
My truffle dust recipe isn’t exactly the same as the one Brave Tart used (but really darn close). I found that the ratios change depending on what fruit you are using. Her recipe was for raspberry dust and I made blueberry, strawberry and vanilla dust. No, that’s not all one flavor, each one is its own flavor. You just need to play around with it a bit to get the flavor intensity that you are looking for. But as far as making homemade chocolate candy…this is going to be the easiest recipe you’ll find. Plus, it’s gluten free, dairy free, vegan and sugar free.
Let’s talk about the annual Christmas card. The holidays seems to be the one time of year when everyone suddenly remembers that we have a postal system and actually sends a physical card. But the extra special people feel the need to send us a letter telling us all about their year. Well color me lucky!
Here’s the thing about most of those letters. No one cares. Yes, really we don’t give a rip about great grandma coming to your house to play with your progeny and what a terrific generational moment it was. We also don’t care to hear about little Susie winning her 3rd grade spelling bee. Everyone, except you, knows that little Susie is an evil genius that will one day create a real human centipede.
It’s not that people don’t want to get a re-cap of your year, we do. But since we have the attention span of a fruit fly and we all need a little escape from our own reality, why not share with us what your year was really like?
We want to hear about how little Susie kissed her classroom crush and the principal suspended her for sexually harassing her classmate. We want to read about how you and your husband decided to spice things up in your marriage and how American Horror Story inspired you to get a latex suit that then had to be cut off of your husband by the EMT’s. You know…stuff like that. Making that your holiday photo would earn you extra points too.
At the very least, when you write the letter this year take a tongue in cheek approach to the whole thing and have some fun with it. We’ve all had a painful year in one way or another, we don’t want to read about someone else’s pain we want to laugh with the fun things that happened.
Recipe: Chocolate Truffle Dust
Blueberry Truffle Dust
- 2 1/2 Ounces Cocoa Powder
- 3 1/2 Ounce Powdered Sugar
- 4 Ounces Freeze Dried Blueberries
Strawberry Truffle Dust
- 2 1/2 Ounces Cocoa Powder
- 3 1/2 Ounces Powdered Sugar
- 2 Ounces Freeze Dried Strawberries
Vanilla Truffle Dust
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Powder
- Make each flavor separate, but the directions are the same regardless of flavor.
- Put the cocoa powder, sugar and dried fruit (or vanilla powder) into the bowl of your food processor.
- Buzz it until all of the ingredients are a fine powder and well blended.
- Spoon into tins or shaker jars.
The blueberry and strawberry recipe make a bit more than a cup of truffle dust. The vanilla dust recipe makes around 1/2 cup.
You can use pretty much any freeze dried fruit in this recipe. Just remember, you’re measurements will change based on the fruit that you use.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 0 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Reduced fat, Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)