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Basic Chocolate Truffles (Yields 40)
1 1/2 lb. good quality unsweetened or bittersweet chocolate
2 egg yolks
1 cup confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup sifted, unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
Melt 10 oz. of chocolate in a microwave or double boiler.
Cream together 2 egg yolks and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. Combine the cream, butter and remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Slowly, whisk the hot sugar mixture into the egg mixture. Cool slightly and temper with the chocolate.
Roll in tempered chocolate, cocoa powder or confectioners' sugar. Fill with dried fruits, toasted nuts, candied citrus peel, liquors, etc.
Chill before serving.