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Peanut Butter Truffles
Sent in by: Irene

Package a few of these in a pretty container for the perfect gift. They are easy to make and delicious. Tempering is a two-part heating process that prepares the chocolate for candy. Without tempering, the chocolate loses its luster. We made the peanut butter truffles three ways: we used Callebaut white chocolate that we tempered; we used Callebaut milk chocolate, which we also tempered; and for the third batch we used Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate with the accompanying recipe, which does not require tempering.

10.7 ounces peanut butter (we used Jiffy Crunch)
5.3 ounces melted white chocolate (to go into mixture)
8 ounces tempered white chocolate (for dipping) * (we also experimented with bittersweet and milk chocolate)

Melt white chocolate (such as Callebaut or Valrhona) and add to peanut butter. Mix thoroughly and allow to cool in refrigerator until firm.
Dust hands with powdered sugar and scoop mixture into a teaspoon to form a ball. Keep hands coated with powdered sugar and roll until round and smooth. Put in refrigerator for a few minutes.
Dip in batch of tempered white chocolate and decorate. Makes approximately 15 truffles.

To temper chocolate for these truffles, I use the microwave but cautions that you need to closely watch your chocolate so it doesn't scorch. You will need an accurate thermometer for tempering.
Cut the chocolate into pieces and put into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for about 2 minutes on high. You want to bring the chocolate to 115 to 120 degrees.
Take the chocolate out of the microwave and cool to temperature of approximately 89 to 90 degrees. To decrease the temperature, "seed" the chocolate, adding small pieces of unmelted chocolate into the mixture, stirring to melt the pieces. This quick tempering method is ideal for truffles.

Chocolate Coating for Truffles

1 bar (4 ounces) Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate
2 teaspoons peanut oil (can also use walnut or almond oil)

Melt chocolate either in a double boiler, stirring constantly, or in microwave 2 1/2 to 3 minutes on medium.
Remove from heat and stir in oil.
Cool chocolate to 85 to 90 degrees for dipping. Dip cold firm truffle into melted chocolate, holding with fork and spooning with several coats of chocolate.
Place each onto foil-lined baking pan. Chill at least 2 hours to set chocolate.
Place into tight container and store in cool, dry place. Coats approximately 12 truffles.