Genius such as this is often impossible to recreate, and yet these truffles satisfy another, perhaps more sophisticated sweet tooth. I attribute it to the unexpected ingredient for a dessert: tahini. This staple in Mediterranean savories here lends a warmer, more adult variety of sweetness that’s only enhanced by the super-dark chocolate.
It couldn’t be easier to prepare these tahini truffles, either, and the ways to dip and top them are endless. Think of them as your last-minute, easier-than-they-look dessert for when you have a short notice dinner party invitation. And keeping a stash in the freezer is ultra-handy for piquing a chocolate craving.
- 1 cup tahini paste
- 1 cup chopped dark chocolate (70-80% recommended to avoid having to add sweetener)
- Optional toppings of your choice (cinnamon, hemp seeds, and sesame seeds shown)
1. Melt chocolate in a double boiler on the stove. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make one by nesting a bowl inside a pot with a shallow layer of water, allowing the water to boil gently. The water shouldn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Watch the chocolate carefully as it melts to avoid scorching.
2. Pour chocolate into a freezer-safe, heat-proof bowl. Stir in tahini. Let the bowl sit out until it reaches room temperature.
3. Freeze the mixture until solid, around 2 hours or until you’re ready to make the truffles. If it’s frozen for overnight or longer, let the mixture warm a bit by setting in the refrigerator until the mixture is scoopable with a spoon.
4. Using a spoon or melon-baller (for more uniform truffles–and less mess), shape the mixture into 1-inch balls. Dip in toppings as desired. Serve immediately, or keep chilled until ready to serve.
Also by Jennifer: Vegan Savory Steel Cut Oats
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Photos: Jennifer Kurdyla