black and white chocolate truffles with guava and coconut

by Stevie on May 30, 2011

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Today I’m thrilled to release my version of Ina Garten’s chocolate truffle recipe for our friendly chocolate truffle challenge AKA truffle mania. Participating with me is the instigator of the flavorful event, Heavenly, from donuts to delirium; Shelly from the singular Franish Non-speaker, the wonderful Joumana from Taste of Beirut; charming Karen at Gourmet Food and lovely Su from Suvelle Cuisine. A couple participants are new to me: Erika Beth from Life’s too short to skip dessert and the Baking Addict from the More than Occasional Baker, but I’m thrilled to get to know them through this fun cook-off (and I hope that my story hasn’t mis-represented New York for you Erika). If you haven’t already, then you must check out these spectacular sites, and often.

incredible black and white chocolate truffles with guava and coconut

incredible black and white chocolate truffles with guava and coconut

Here’s the link to Ina Garten’s recipe.

Personally, I’m not much of a chocolate fan. I know, sacrilege. What can I do? I prefer fruit sweets. That’s why I was excited by similar truffle recipes that use grapefruit or passion fruit.

My inspiration came from our lovely friends Luís and Savio, visiting us from Vitória, Brazil in the days leading up to this post’s release. (They like chocolate, thank you very much.) Not only did they come to San Francisco, we all traveled together to New York. Hence “black and white” after the incredible New York cookies of that name. Plus that’s still the fashion in the Big Apple: though really it’s black and black and black and a wee bit of white. Tee-hee 😀 The guava and coconut are tropical elements to bring it all together.

relentlessly glamorous in black in New York

relentlessly glamorous in black in New York City

classic New York black-and-white cookies

classic New York black-and-white cookies

view of Vitoria, Brazil

view of Vitória, ES, Brazil

I made a variant of Delia Smith’s chocolate coating to color my truffles in their partial white robes.

Mine don’t look like truffles you’d find at a fine chocolate shop. They’re too irregular in shape and wonky looking. Oh well. They taste great (or at this point I should write, “tasted great,” as they’re long gone now.)

The guava flavor was not nearly as intense as I had hoped. I was thinking luscious dark chocolate and rich fruit. The chocolate part worked but the fruit was a dim shadow of my imaginings. Next time, I’ll just add more guava purée or perhaps try to find the actual fruit and fill the center of the truffle with a tiny morsel.

black and white chocolate truffles with guava and coconut

½ pound bittersweet chocolate nibs (I used Ghirardelli)
½ pound semisweet chocolate nibs (generic Whole Foods here)
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup guava purée
3 tbsp cognac
cocoa powder or confectioner’s sugar
½ pound white chocolate nibs (Ghirardelli)
1 tsp walnut oil
dried shredded coconut

Pour bittersweet and semisweet chocolate nibs in a medium bowl.

In a small saucepan, bring heavy cream and guava purée to a boil, quickly remove from heat, let sit for 20 seconds, then pour over chocolate through a fine mesh sieve. Whisk cream mixture into chocolate until the later has melted. Whisk in cognac. Set aside, covered at room temperature, for an hour.

Cover a large baking tray with wax paper. Using two teaspoons, scoop chocolate from bowl in small rounds. Place on wax paper. These will be irregular but don’t worry! Place in refrigerator and let chill for about 20 minutes.

very roughly shaped truffles

very roughly shaped truffles

Dust your hands with cocoa powder or confectioner’s sugar. Between palms, gently and quickly shape each chocolate lump into a spherical one. Return to refrigerator.

Using a double boiler or a bowl over a pot of hot water, melt white chocolate and walnut oil. Remove from heat when just melted and a bit runny. Pierce each truffle with a long wooden skewer. Quickly dip in white chocolate then in coconut. Remove finished truffle with another wooden skewer onto wax paper. Repeat with all of them.

Chill briefly and serve.

you, too, can feel like a blue elephant after eating one too many of these black and white truffles

you, too, can feel like a blue elephant after eating one too many of these black and white truffles

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Su May 30, 2011 at 12:45 am

I to love the fruit mixed in with the chocolat… but still I’m a chocolat addict!
Your version sounds winderfull, and I believe the coconut works perfectly with the chocolat.
Amazing work 😉
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Heavenly Housewife May 30, 2011 at 12:54 am

I love the inspiration behind these truffles daaaaahling :D, so tropical and fabulous 😀 (oh and i already feel like an elephant, I had a total piggyfest in London this weekend and am not feeling all that proud of myself at the moment LOL).
This has been amazing, we need to do something like this again :D. We should come up with another idea, no?
*kisses* HH

tasteofbeirut May 30, 2011 at 5:52 am

What original and fun to eat truffles! I love that chocolate can be so versatile. You gave it some really cool tropical flavors; I want to go to New York now! Oh that most exciting city!
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Karen May 30, 2011 at 9:27 am

Awesome Stevie!! Love the combination of dark chocolate and fruits…and the guava is just ingenious. I’d love to pig out on those. 🙂 Thanks again (and HH, of course) for hosting this fun event!

Devaki @ weavethousandflavors May 30, 2011 at 9:45 am

Hi Stevie – You sure showed them snooty truffles! I love how you took them down a notch and turned these heavenly delights into user-cook-friendly morsels. The addition of guava is fab and what we love about your cooking. Yea! NYC was a blast as can only be expected 🙂

Love that you are in such fine company with HH & Joumana – what fun!!!! What a chocalicious treat!

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
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Nina May 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Stevie, your truffles look scrumptious! Truffle mania is a fantastic idea–what a great group! Really like the tropical flavors you gave these. And your elephant platter! 🙂 Cheers!
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bakingaddict May 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Thanks for the invite via heavenly housewife. Love the black and white truffles . I really like the irregular shape of them – you can definitely tell they are homemade. I wonder how the guava tastes in chocolate truffles though.
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Shelley May 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Your truffles look fabulous! Great idea and thanks for the invite to participate.
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Angie's Recipes May 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I love anything chocolate and coconut! The royal blue elephant dish looks so cool.
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LeQuan May 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Oh my, guava and coconut? I’ve never had that combo before, it sounds amazing. I’m not surprised and I don’t blame you that there aren’t any left. If it were me, probably wouldn’t even have had time for a picture. Teehee. Your truffles look really tasty right about now.
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Faith May 31, 2011 at 7:27 am

Your truffles are so much fun, I love how they’re inspired by black and white cookies! The tropical flavors in there sound delicious…I really like the addition of coconut!
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Erika Beth May 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Delightfully awesome! That’s how your truffles look. (I felt that mine looked wonky too. i have no patience. It’s sad.)
Oh, and you are wrong about New Yorkers. We also wear dark purple and dark blue (so dark that it’s hard to distinguish from black.) 😉
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Elaine May 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I love the look of your truffles! I bet they tasted fabulous!

Tom @ Tall Clover Farm May 31, 2011 at 6:48 pm

What a unique truffle recipe. I love guava but I have quince puree on hand so I may just give that a try first. Then maybe another variation, raspberry puree in the truffle. And then maybe…
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Cakelaw June 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

These look fab – I think the different shapes add to their interest. Yum!
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Ritatower June 10, 2011 at 8:26 pm

OMG those are the best chocolate treats ever!

Magic of Spice June 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I think these are gorgeous! Cognac and guava…let me at em’…and since you do not care much for chocolate I will gladly sacrifice my time to taste test all chocolate creations 🙂

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