Dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil is associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile, according to research presented in 2017 at the ESC Congress.
So of course I had to create a recipe! I just happened to have this really fabulous Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil from California. I have been using this Orange Olive Oil from Bondolio in my donuts and a sweet orange Panettone and now these truffles.
They are so easy to make and how great its this that they are also good for your heart as well as your chocolate SOUL!!
You will need:
- 8 oz of best quality dark chocolate chopped
- 1 tsp finely grated orange zest
- 1 tbsp Cointreau or other orange flavored liqueur
- 1/3 cup Orange Olive Oil – I used Bondolio from California
- a pinch of sea salt -I used Maldon Flaked Sea Salt
- 1/2 room temperature Mascarpone Cheese
- 1/3 cup good quality cocoa powder to roll in
Step 1: chop 8 oz of the best quality dark chocolate you can find. The better the quality chocolate the better the truffle. I had a few kinds in my pantry so I chopped them all up as well as a few chocolate chips.
Step 2 : add all ingredients except the Mascarpone cheese and melt in a bowl over a pot of gently boiling hot water.
Step 3: once melted and still warm add the Mascarpone cheese and whisk until smooth.
Step 4: remove from bowl and place in shallow dish. Let chocolate come to room temperature and then place in fridge for 30 minutes to harden. Scoop small balls and roll in your hands to make into neat balls. You may need another small spoon to get the chocolate mixture out of the scoop as it is sticky.
Step 5: sift good quality cocoa powder into another shallow dish and place balls in cocoa- moving bowl to roll and coat. Tap off excess cocoa and place in a pretty dish to serve or place in a candy cup – like a muffin paper cup only smaller.
They are very rich with a beautiful subtle hint of orange from the zest, the oil and the Cointreau. They make a very nice gift or are perfect served with coffee after dinner.