Pomegranate, Oolong and Dark Chocolate Truffle

Finally… we get to the last and my favorite of the truffles. I was inspired by a recent pomegranate oolong panna cotta at Goblin Market in New York. And, I happened to have a pomegranate and some oolong at home as I was truffling. (Is truffling even a word? If it isn’t, it certainly should be.)

With the Dagoba chocolate I was using, I think any berry or red fruit would be a good match, but the pomegranate seemed to be ideal. The chocolate was already strong in the red berry camp… the pom juice simply pushed it over the edge into the divine. The oolong was a bit of an extra in the scene… important for the atmosphere, but you wouldn’t have noticed its presence otherwise. The kicker though is the little juicy pom seed perched on the top… a slight crunch, the tang of juice and the velvet of the dark chocolate. Heaven.

Thanks again to Johanna for hosting such a great theme for Sugar High Friday!

In case you missed them, the other 4 truffles are here:

Lemon & Dark Chocolate
Espresso & Dark Chocolate
Hazelnut, Espresso & Milk Chocolate
Pumpkin & Dark Chocolate

Pomegranate Oolong and Dark Chocolate Truffle
(roughly adapted from The Sweet Life by Kate Zukerman)

Makes 8 to 10 truffles

2oz dark chocolate (~70% cacao)
1/8 cup heavy cream
1/8 cup freshly squeezed pomegranate juice
1 T of loose leaf oolong tea (or more, if you want a more predominant oolong flavor)
1/2 t butter (at room temperature)
pomegranate seeds (to top)

You’ll start by making the ganache. In a heavy bottom pan, heat the cream, tea and pomegranate juice on medium heat, stirring the whole time. Remove from heat just before it boils. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes. Strain into a small cup to remove any tea leaves. Set aside.

Heat water to about 150F and place in a metal bowl, about 1/2 way up. Place another, smaller, metal bowl on top to act as a double boiler. Check the temperature… you should be able to touch the bottom of the top metal bowl. If it’s too hot to touch, add some cold water to the bottom bowl. You want the top bowl to be about 120F when you add the chocolate.

Coursely chop the chocolate. Add 1oz to the top metal bowl. Set the other chocolate aside for the coating. Stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula until it’s completely melted. Remove it from the heat, and slowly pour in the cream mixture, and whisk until it’s smooth and you can see the whisk lines in the chocolate. Don’t over stir! Whisk in the butter, then spoon into a small cup, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

When the ganache is cooled, remove it from the fridge. Have a plate ready as well as a bowl of hot water and a melon baller. Dip the melon baller in the hot water, then quickly dry with a dish towel, and press it into the ganache. Turn the baller 360 degrees to form a ball, then tap the baller to force the ganache ball out. I found that hitting it against the side of the bowl worked best. Then, very carefully, move the ball to the plate. Repeat with the rest of the ganache. Cover the balls, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

To make the chocolate coating, heat the double boiler as you did with the ganache (make sure you wash it out and dry it very well first!). Add 2/3rds of the remaining chocolate and stir with the spatula until it’s well melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and add the remaining 1/3 of chocolate, and stir until it has melted. This should start quickly dropping the temperature of the chocolate, and give it a “seed” to help it temper properly. It will probably take about 15 minutes for the chocolate to cooled to the right temperature to proceed. According to the books I’ve ready, you want it to be about 87F, although I’m not exactly sure what temperature mine was when I started dipping. Again, I went by the touch method. Make sure your room isn’t too hot… ideally it will be 72F or less.

Once the chocolate has cooled, you can start the dipping. Remove the ganache balls from the fridge and have the pomegranate seeds close by. Pick up a ganache ball, and roll it in the melted chocolate and place it onto a plate. Quickly, top with a pomegranate seed. If the chocolate has cooled, dab on a little bit more chocolate before placing the seed on top. Then proceed with the remaining ganache balls. They should firm up almost immediately and be ready to eat.

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  • http://www.myfavouritefoods.com Cin

    Wow, these truffles are all impressive, Lara. I think the ones I would REALLY like to try are the pomegranate and dark choc/lemon ones. Do you deliver? ;-)

  • http://www.thewineofensive.com/blog m

    Uh, this picture makes me blush. Crikey!

  • Robyn

    Hello, just a lurker dropping to say you have a wonderful blog. Your photos are gorgeous! I adore your collection of truffles – they all look great. :)

  • http://www.cookandeat.com/ L

    Hi Cin! Is that an invitation? :-) Thanks!

    m – :-) Thanks!

    Robyn – Thank you!

  • http://www.thepassionatecook.com johanna

    oh lara – what stunning pictures and mouth-watering combinations of flavours! i’d want to try each and every one of them, if only i had the time… thanks for taking the time to post even throughout your holidays – and it was lovely meeting you the other day!

  • http://vegan-vanguard.blogspot.com/ Christina

    Wow, gorgeous pictures! Here I thought I’d be the only person using pomegranates. GMTA, I guess. The dark chocolate lemon sounds lovely (I almost attempted that, too, but chickened out), and the pink lemons are beautiful. I recently saw some at the market, can you taste any difference, like you can with meyer lemons? Do they have any variation inside, or is it only on the skin?

  • http://www.bakingandbooks.com Ari (Baking and Books)

    All these photos are amazing but that last one, the one with a bit into truffle, that one GOT ME. Wow, I want one of those!

  • http://www.BrowniePointsBlog.com McAuliflower

    Pomegranate truffles are a favorite of mine too. I like your tea addition to the ganache. A smokey tea would add interestingly to the juiciness/tang of the pomegranate juice.

    I’ve wanted to play with adding saffron, or cinnamon to my pomegranate ganache… tho I’m a bit afraid those flavor combos are too deeply rooted in the “roasted chicken” part of my brain!

    Beautiful pictures.

  • http://www.jumboempanadas.blogspot.com Brilynn

    Love the photos. You’re so creative, I’d like a sampling of each of the truffles please.

  • http://habeasbrulee.com/ Danielle

    These are stunning! I love how pomegranate seeds look like gems always, and these truffles, too.

  • http://cooksister.typepad.com Jeanne

    Oh WOW Lara! These look like the most decadent thing ever! I love all your wonderful combinations, but these take my fancy the most.

    It was great to meet you last week – hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay and that you had fun in Brussels :-)

  • http://www.myvintagekitchen.typepad.com Shelly

    What a fantastic idea! Great photo as well!

  • http://www.realepicurean.com Scott at Realepicurean

    Wow! The pomegranate looks fab!

  • http://www.rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

    Your pictures are soooooo vivid, real, and beautiful I felt the pomegranate and choc. truffles are going to jump off the computer screen and hop into my mouth…;)

  • http://caoricci.exblog.jp caoricci

    hi! i happened to find your blog and i’m totally in love with your photos and your cooking! (not only that, i have special feelings for seattle since my husband spent his college years there!)
    i took the liberty to add you to my link list and i hope it’s okay w/you :)

  • http://www.blissfulbanquet.blogspot.com anni

    L ~

    Very S-E-X-Y!!!

    Ooh la la . . .

    Tootles,

    Anni :-)

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  • http://www.chefclub.net chefclub

    Wow pomegranite? MMM this recipe is making my mouth water!! Want to send me some in the mail? Haha, or you could come to http://www.chefclub.net and post some great recipes. We would all love that!

  • http://www.myfavouritefoods.com cin

    ooo, delivery in person?

    but definitely drop me a line if you’re ever in the area!

  • http://us.cyworld.com/ugogirl Yun

    This is a great recipe! I’d like to try soon.

    Thanks!

  • shawna

    If I were making these and packaging them as gifts for friends, how long will these keep at room temp or in the fridge?

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