Monday, November 18, 2013

Fun Thanksgiving Food - Chocolate Peanut Butter Teepee Truffles

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Throughout my life I've had a fascination with the Native American culture. Growing up in the 70's, I saw a lot of television shows depicting, what was most likely a very stereotypical version of their lives, but it was all I knew. I can remember watching westerns, trying to imagine what life out in the wilderness was like, living in a teepee (a.k.a., tipi and tepee), riding horses and wearing feathers in my hair. I'm not saying I would have enjoyed much of that, I'm just saying I imagined it. 

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As I got older, my interest turned more towards the bare chested guys with flowing long dark hair wildly riding around on those horses. Maidens were constantly being carried off by handsome young men and I fantasized being one of them. Sigh.

Oh, but, I digress.

Anyway, after all my reminiscing, I dreamt up an idea to craft candy teepees out of dark chocolate truffles, pretzel sticks, and peanut butter modeling chocolate for Thanksgiving. The soft texture of the creamy peanut butter modeling chocolate really compliments the rich dark chocolate truffle wrapped inside and the pretzels add a nice bit of crunch.They will look so cute on the Thanksgiving dinner table. 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Teepee Truffles 
                                                                                 (makes 18-22)

Ingredients:

Dark Chocolate Truffles -
16 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Peanut Butter Modeling Chocolate -
6 ounces Wilton Peanut Butter Candy Melts
6 ounces Wilton White Candy Melts
1/3 cup light corn syrup (or use honey, it will add flavor, and is a good alternative)
pretzel sticks (3 for each teepee)

Supplies:

non-stick baking mat (or use a gallon size zip top bag)
fondant rolling pin
4 1/4 inch round cookie cutter
pizza/pastry wheel or knife
2 inch round cookie cutter
tiny triangle metal cutter

Instructions:

Making Chocolate Truffles -

How to make chocolate truffles

Place chopped chocolate in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until chocolate is fine crumbs. 

Heat heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir often until it just comes to a boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, put lid on bowl, and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Pulse for 5-10 seconds.  Remove lid and scrape down the sides and bottom of the food processor bowl.  Return lid and pulse for 5 more seconds. Pour this mixture, called ganache, into a glass mixing bowl, cover, and sit at room temperature for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. You can speed up this process by refrigerating the ganache.

Note: A food processor makes easy work of creating a chocolate ganache.  If you don't have one, finely chop your chocolate and put it in a microwave safe mixing bowl.  Pour hot cream over chocolate and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Use a whisk to create an emulsion. Begin by stirring just in the center of the bowl, then slowly bring the whisk out to the edge of the bowl. Stir just until combined and the ganache is smooth. Don't over mix or the ganache can become grainy.

Make Peanut Butter Modeling Chocolate - 

Heat Wilton Peanut Butter Candy Melts and White Candy Melts in microwave safe bowl at high temperature for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir. Heat for 30 more seconds. Allow bowl to sit in microwave for 2 minutes. Remove and stir. If not completely melted, heat at 10 second increments, stirring after each, until melted. Allow to cool to 89-90 degrees Fahrenheit (very important! See my Chocolate Making Tips page for detailed explanation and trouble shooting tips, if you're modeling chocolate ends up greasy or dry.) Set aside for 30 minutes to harden slightly.

Create Teepee Covers -

Fondant

Use a fondant rolling pin to roll out the peanut butter modeling chocolate on a non-stick baking mat. Roll to 1/8th of an inch thickness.

You can also cut open a gallon size zip top bag, and roll out the modeling chocolate in between the sheets of plastic bag.

Cut using a 4 1/4 inch round cutter. Cut each circle in half. Cut out a half moon from the rounded part of the half circle using a 2 inch round cookie cutter. Use that same cutter to cut off a small bit of each corner.

Gently press a tiny triangle cutter around the bottom and top edge creating a pattern. Be careful to not cut all the way through.

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Scoop out tablespoonfuls of the chocolate ganache. Roll into balls then roll into cones. If the scooped truffles are too sticky, allow them to dry for a while before rolling. Wash hands often!

Stick three pretzel sticks onto the chocolate cones, creating the frame for your teepee. Wrap teepee cover around each chocolate truffle pressing together near the top and draping open near the bottom. 

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You can see in this photo, I cut too deeply using my triangle cutter. I just pressed the modeling chocolate together and sealed the seam. 

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Best if served the day they are made, just because the pretzels will still be nice and crisp, but they can be made and stored in an airtight container for up to 10 days. I made these five days ago, ate one yesterday and it tasted great, but the pretzel inside the teepee had soaked up the moisture from the truffle and was kind of soft. Just be aware that the more time they sit, the softer the pretzels may become.  

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Items used to create this project that are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)
I use Peter's Burgundy Burgundy Semi-Sweet Chocolate for all my candy making needs. You can buy 50 pound cases of the same chocolate blocks that I use, or you can buy some of the Burgundy Baking Chunks form King Arthur Flour via amazon. Both work great in this recipe. 
    
   
 

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20 comments:

  1. These are so cute!!!! What did you use for dirt in the pictures?

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    1. I ground up Cocoa Krispies in my mini food processor for the dirt.

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  2. I love your teepee idea, they are SO cute...going to have to try this, might dip the pretzels in chocolate so that I can make them ahead of time to see if it avoids the soggies...thanks for the darling idea!

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    1. Now, that is a great idea!!! I should have thought of that. I made these all then ate them a few days later and realized I had the soggies. Next time, I'll dip the sticks in chocolate.

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  3. i bet if you made a bunch of these for any indian the chiefs would be lining up to take you away on their horses! heehee i myself would love to sleep under one of these teepees and eat myself out of it.

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    1. I suppose if I had to sleep in a teepee, I too would enjoy eating my way out of one!

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  4. I grew up in the 70s too..my favorite episodes of the Brady Bunch were of their adventurist trip out west! These teepees are so cute..great idea for Thanksgiving! :)

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    1. Oh, the Brady Bunch. Boy do I remember that episode. I spent every afternoon sitting in my family room, watching that show after school. I'll never forget their trip to Hawaii and the tarantula. Eek!

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  5. ..I would really love to live in your neighbourhood ;)
    Your creations are completely awesome :)

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    1. I wish you did too, then I could share my treats with you!

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  6. ..I would really love to live in your neighbourhood!
    All your creations are awesome :)

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  7. Oh my goodness - how adorable! I love these truffles!! I would love for you to share them on my Thanksgiving link party.
    http://www.sarahlynnssweets.blogspot.com/2013/11/ideas-for-thanksgiving-link-party.html

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  8. I love to see your creativity in designing these teepee, they are looking so cute and hope delicious too... I will going to try this for my kids at their vacations...I use more chocolate to spread over their and make it more smooth.. thanks for the darling idea!

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  9. What will you come up with next?? I just love coming to see what you have created and these little teepees are
    so original and creative! I think I could live in a chocolate teepee truffle! :)

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    1. If I had to live in a teepee, It might as well be chocolate!

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  10. Cuteness overload!!! What a great way to make very clever and yummy truffles!

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    1. Thank, Brenda. These were really fun to make and even better to eat.

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  11. You are soo creative! I came to see the teepees and stayed for everything else! love you blog. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. I'm so glad you stopped by and hung around for a while:)

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