Sunday, November 29, 2009

Oh Balls!

Of all the things that could get me to post a new blog, it had to be these lovely balls...

What a great way to start off a post! In all reality though, I loved making these delicious Pecan Truffles over the Thanksgiving holiday.  It reminded me how much I enjoy cooking with others.  How, just having a few moments alone together, creating something full of love and flavor can be so fulfilling and rewarding.  There is certainly something to be said about having too many cooks in the kitchen.  And, this year...there were just the perfect amount.  We really had a splendid time, didn't we family?

I have had plenty of people ask for the recipe, so here it is:

Makes 24 truffles

2.5 cups pecans, toasted and finely chopped
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
.5 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
.25 cup bourbon
1 teaspoon vanilla
7 ounces dark chocolate

1. In a medium bowl, stir together pecans, graham
cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and salt until well
combined. Add maple syrup, bourbon, and vanilla,
stirring thoroughly. Use your hands to make sure the
mixture becomes fully incorporated.

2. Freeze mixture for about 20 minutes. Form into walnut-sized balls,
then place on a cookie sheet and freeze for 2 hours.

3. In the top of a double boiler or in a medium stainless steel
bowl set over a pot of gently simmering water, melt
chocolate. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Dip the frozen balls into the melted chocolate, then
place onto prepared baking sheet. Let sit for 15 minutes
or until firm. Or, put them back in the freezer for a yummy frozen treat!

I do have a question for you, however.  What was your favorite part of Thanksgiving 2009? Or, what is the best part about cooking with loved ones?