Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Cup of Christmas Tea - and TRUFFLES!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I really enjoy my tea. A lot. Maybe even TOO much. But hey, there are no calories so why not?

My sister in law brought over a box of the most amazing tea the other day. Now normally I'm not too fond of green tea. I'll drink it because it's "good for me" but it is NOT my favorite! This however is positively dreamy. Trader Joe's Candy Cane Green tea is SO much more than simply mint-flavored green tea! There's cacao in it. There's chicory in it. There's vanilla in it. It's like Christmastime wrapped up in a sweetly illustrated box!

And it goes, oh so well, with one of my other favorite holiday indulgences. Homemade truffles. I giggle when I see these little sweets selling for $3 apiece (or even MORE) since they are so easy to make! Anyone who can stir a pot can make them. And any child whose ever played with play-dough can roll & decorate them!

Today as I sit with my lovely cup of Candy Cane tea, I am enjoying the last of my chocolate hazelnut truffles. To make these little goodies you will need:

2 cups Nutella (are you hungry already?)
4oz dark chocolate (try chopping a bar of Green & Blacks for extra "oomph")
1/4 cup agave nectar
1Tbsp your favorite butter-substitute (I used Earth Balance)
3Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder - for rolling.

Microwave the first four ingredients until melted. Stir WELL every 30 seconds, as it will melt but not lose shape without the stirring! Once everything is melted & mixed, chill for an hour. Sprinkle the cocoa powder onto a small plate. Roll Tablespoon-size balls of the mixture in the cocoa powder, and set on wax-paper or in mini cupcake papers to chill until ready to serve. We made about three dozen... but when measuring "exact tablespoonfuls" with kids who crave variety you never really get the same amount twice.

Next week it's peppermint truffles - which may or may not survive long enough to be photographed.

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