Grand Marnier Pistachio Truffles

Orange liqueur flavors these decadent Grand Marnier Pistachio Truffles. This rich candy is then dipped into melted chocolate and rolled into a pistachio-orange mixture.

Yield:

Makes 28 truffles (serving size: 1 truffle)

Nutritional Information

Calories 157
Fat 11.1 g
Satfat 5.7 g
Monofat 2.1 g
Polyfat 0.9 g
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrate 12 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 2 mg
Calcium 16 mg

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream
16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (about 2 1/3 cups)
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1 1/4 cups (6 ounces) shelled, skinned pistachios (toasted if desired), chopped
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

Preparation

1. Combine cream, butter, and corn syrup in a saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add 1 2/3 cups chocolate and liquor (do not stir); let stand 1 minute. Gently swirl pan until smooth. Pour into a bowl; chill, stirring every 15 minutes, until thick enough to hold shape (about 45 minutes). Using 2 spoons, shape the mixture into 1-inch balls (about 2 teaspoons each) and place on wax paper–lined plates. Refrigerate until chilled (15 minutes).

2. Meanwhile, in a bowl set over a medium saucepan of simmering water, gently melt remaining 2/3 cup chocolate. Pour melted chocolate into one bowl and chopped pistachios and orange zest in another bowl. Dip each chilled truffle into chocolate first, then into pistachio-orange mixture, rolling to coat. Refrigerate until firm (about 8 minutes) or until ready to serve.

Note:

Cat Cora,

December 2011