Easy Lavender Lemon Truffles
Lavender always reminds me of summer in Provence. While it’s not a favorite scent for everyone, these lavender lemon truffles make a decadent dessert for any lavender lover in your life.
This recipe is so easy that it’s almost full proof. There’s no need to temper your chocolate, so no chocolate thermometer is necessary!
Yield: 25-30 pieces
6 oz chocolate (we used semisweet chips)
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp butter (diced)
2 tsp dried lavender (or 1 tea bag)
juice of half a lemon
1 tbsp lemon zest
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
Note: make sure your lavender is pesticide-free so that it is safe for consumption. An easy way to get this is to buy as loose tea or use 1 tea bag. This makes a fairly strong lavender chocolate, so adjust to your liking.
1. Measure out chocolate and sugar into a heat-proof bowl
2. In a heavy saucepan, heat heavy cream and butter on high heat until boiling. This will happen relatively quickly so keep an eye on it.
3. Remove from heat and add lavender and lemon zest. Steep for 10 minutes.
4. Strain the cream into the bowl with chocolate, pressing the lavender and zest to get the most liquid out before discarding it. Add lemon juice. Let the cream sit in the chocolate for 2 minutes, then stir well until smooth.
5. If the chocolate does not melt completely, put the chocolate over a double boiler over low heat to melt it gently.
6. Let it cool and refrigerate covered with plastic wrap for 2 hours, or until thick enough to scoop.
7. Sift cocoa power onto a dish or bowl (we used a Tupperware). Get a large plate or baking sheet ready to place the final truffles.
8. Using a teaspoon or melon baller, create small balls. You can round them with your hands, but they will melt quite easily.
9. Drop them in to cocoa power and cover completely.
10. Place onto plate and chill for at least 30 minutes.
You can make square truffles by placing the melted mixture into a square Tupperware lined with wax or parchment paper. Chill until hardened, then pull out the paper and slice into squares or rectangles with a clean knife.
We decorated the truffles with the pretty purple lavender flowers!