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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Peanut Butter Truffles

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Our host for this week's Sweet Melissa Sundays was Mara of Love Your Mother Earth. Mara chose Peanut Butter Truffles as our recipe, which has the classic combination of Chocolate and Peanut Butter. If you ask ME, sweet is almost always made better by the addition of Salty, and these truffles do just that. The truffle base is made with heavy cream, chocolate, butter, and peanut butter, and it is rolled in a coating of chopped, salted nuts. Yu-um.

Based on everyone else's reactions in the SMS forum, this was a.) light on the peanut butteriness and b.) a very messy procedure. Knowing this ahead of time, I upped the amount of peanut butter in the recipe and decreased the butter a tiny bit. I made a half batch of these bad boys, and halved all of the ingredients. But instead of halving the Peanut Butter, I actually increased it from 1/4 C to 1/3 C. I'm glad I upped the PB because, even with my more than doubled ratio of PB to chocolate, the chocolate flavor was still more prominent (though you could taste the PB). I decreased the butter to 2 TBL, used high quality belgium dark chocolate (its 71% was the closest I could find at the grocery store to the 64-68% Melissa calls for in the recipe), and used sea salted, dry roasted, chopped peanuts. Also, from the kind warning of the other SMS-ers about how MESSY this was, I was prepared and took off my rings before starting. :) And just how messy did I get? Well...
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UUUHH, very.


Overall these were very good. Definitely needed to up the Peanut Butter in order to call these "Peanut Butter Truffles". I'm glad I read and learned from the other SMS'ers before preparing these, because the more-than-doubled amount of peanut butter was totally necessary.

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Thanks for hosting, Mara! For the recipe, visit Mara's blog, Love Your Mother Earth. How did this work out for all of the other members of Sweet Melissa Sundays? Visit the SMS Blogroll to see for yourself!

18 comments:

Julie said...

Oh my these were messy!! :).

I love the polka dot plate, so cute!!

Flourchild said...

Yum way to add more peanut butter. My hands looked just like yours, so messy! Your truffles look perfectly round and so good. Mine were a mess but good!

Katiecakes said...

I wish I'd doubled my PB!

I love how they look rolled in the nuts. So cute!

Katie xox

Mara... said...

That's exactly how my hands looked!!! I didn't get a photo because I didn't dare touch my camera like that, LOL!! I think yours look beautiful. I agree, more peanut butter would have been better. Thanks for baking this week!!!

Shandy said...

I doubled my PB too and these cute little truffles are still rich and chocolatey. Your PB truffles turned out adorable!

Gloria said...

Your truffles look great on the polka dot plate! I hear you about the mess. My sister helped me make mine and she volunteered to get her hands messy. ;)

Mrs. G said...

My hands looked the same; but your truffles look great.

margot said...

They look fantastic and I love that festive plate! LOL that you actually got a picture of the messy hands! I chilled mine overnight due to time constraints and I think it made it a lot less messy.

Leslie said...

They look perfect! What a great photo...it really captures the process!

hotovenwarmheart said...

Hi Stephanie!

Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello- it was wonderful to hear from you, as I've definitely missed talking each week. I'm glad to be back and am looking forward to keeping in touch again!

Your new site design is absolutely beautiful! I love the makeover :) And your truffles are equally gorgeous- super cute on the polka dot plate too. My hands looked very similar to your photo- haha!

Have a great start to your week, and I hope to talk to you again soon!

<3,
Joy

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

They look fabulous! :) And my hands looked just like yours... but I didn't have anyone around the photograph them!! Great job!

Nina said...

Don't worry, my hands looked exactly like yours. Except I would wash my hands because they felt so gross!

Tracey said...

Haha I love that you had someone to photograph your hands after making the truffles! I thought of doing the same thing, but I couldn't touch my camera and no one was here :) Your truffles look fabulous and I agree with you, they definitely needed more peanut butter to be called peanut butter truffles!

Tiff said...

Yum! I love that you took a picture of your messy hands! Mine were just as messy and I kept wondering if I was doing something wrong.

cafechibita said...

Yes, I totally agree that these were really messy!! I love the colorful polka dot plate! :)

Lucie said...

Getting messy is what makes it fun! These look pretty much amazing, congrats!

Andrea at Nummy Kitchen said...

Oh wow, your truffles look perfect! Those are exactly what I imagined they'd look like if mine had turned out. Will have to try these again for sure :)

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

I'm so sad that I always forget to get someone to take the pic of my messy hands when I make truffles! I try doing it myself but quickly give up... for obvious reasons.

Your truffles look divine!!

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