Happy Valentine’s Day & David Lebovitz’s Chocolate Port Truffles

by Kirsten on February 10, 2012 · 16 comments

in Desserts, Misc. Sweets

I am a big fan and follower of David Lebovitz’s blog, David Lebovitz. David is an American living in Paris. He is a pastry chef, writer, culinary tour guide and food blogger. Well, I am sure you already know him.  I really enjoy reading his blog. He just makes me laugh.

While thumbing through my copy of David’s book “Ready for Dessert”  I decided to recreate his chocolate port truffles for my family and you for Valentine’s day. They are not your usual truffles, since David’s recipe enhances them with Port and coats the truffles with a thin outer chocolate layer that crunches when you take a bite. They get their finishing touch with a dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder, just perfect!

David recommends not to skimp on the chocolate and to seek out the best you can find.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

Sending my love,

David Lebovitz's Chocolate Port Truffles
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Serves: 1-10 🙂
  • ½ cup (125 ml) heavy cream
  • 8 ounces (225 g) + 5 ounces (140 g) good bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) butter, unsalted, at room temp., cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) tawny port, Grand Manier, whiskey or dark rum
  • ¾ cup (75 g) unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa, sifted
  1. Bring cream to a boil over medium heat in a smaller pot. Take from the heat and add 8 ounces (225 g) chopped chocolate. Let sit for about 1 minute. Stir chocolate cream with a smooth spatula until all the chocolate is melted. Add the port and butter. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  2. Pour mixture in a higher measuring vessel and blend with a stick blender until the ganache is shiny and smooth, about 1 minute. Avoid mixing in air! David mentions that you could also use a whisk or stand mixer, but again, don't mix in any air!
  3. Transfer ganache into a shallow container, cool, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  4. Remove ganache from the fridge and form little balls with a melon baller or two teaspoons. I weighed mine to make them more even (each 10 g). Roll the ganache balls with your hands, not quite round, it adds some character. Place the ganache balls on a plate and refrigerate until firm, at least ½ hour.
  5. Place sifted cocoa into a shallow bowl with a rim. Melt 5 ounces of chocolate over a water bath. Remove ganache balls from the fridge.
  6. Now the fun starts! Pick up some melted chocolate with one hand, David recommends your dominant one (makes sense, right), place a ganache ball with your clean hand into the "chocolate hand" . Coat the truffle with chocolate and drop it into the sifted cocoa. Repeat the process with all the truffle balls. When done, jiggle the cocoa dish so that the truffle balls get completely covered with cocoa.
  7. Place truffles into a mesh strainer and move it gently to get rid of all the excess cocoa.
  8. David recommends to store the truffles in the fridge, but to remove them at least 1 hour before consumption. I personally like them cold, straight out of the fridge.


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Al April 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Beautiful truffles. I like how they are covered with cocoa dust.
Thank you.

Ansh February 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

Oh that extra layer of crunchy chocolate would be divine! These look Beautiful.

Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 13, 2012 at 9:20 am

Truffles are like crack to me… I’m trying not to look.

Nuts about food February 13, 2012 at 5:42 am

Oh, those look divine…says the chocohalic that I am!

Schokozwerg February 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Lebovitz verfolge auch ich. Er ist so unterhaltsam, manchmal streng und immer appetitanregend. Your truffles look as delicious as his do, no, they look better! 🙂

petra February 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Would love to add these to the desert table at our daughter’s wedding. Can they be made in advance and frozen?
fingers crossed,

Sue/the view from great island February 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

You’re right, these take truffles to a new level. I love truffles, but I’ve had enough of them over the years so that I don’t generally crave them (or their calories) but this post has changed all that…I don’t know whether to thank you or to hate you 😉

Lea Ann February 11, 2012 at 5:53 am

I’ve always thought it would be fun to make truffles. They are one of my favorite treats. Love that last photo with the cups Kirsten. Hope to see you soon.

Carlos February 11, 2012 at 3:01 am

I am a big fan and follower of David Lebovitz’s blog & yours too! I learn a lot about the world we live in and enjoy the recipes with an international flair. BTW you are taking some beautiful pictures!

Patty February 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Truly gorgeous little chocolate works of art! I love making truffles, the chocolate smells so good and I like the port, I wonder how these would taste made with red wine? Just curious, I made brownies iced with a port ganache that was delicious so I know these truffles would be fast favorites;-)

Karen Harris February 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

How beautiful are these?! If you and David endorse them then they must be good. What a perfect Valentine’s recipe.

Sami February 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

OMG my mouth is watering!

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