5. Chocolate Truffles with Candy Canes

Chocolate Truffles with Candy Canes from Bake Chocolate Cake
This is a quick and easy recipe for chocolate truffles.  For a fun holiday treat stick a mini candy cane in the center of each truffle.  

The plain truffles can be plopped into the top of a mug of hot chocolate. The combination of the melting chocolate truffle, whipping cream and hot chocolate are delicious! 

Chocolate Truffles with Candy Canes
-makes about 10

1/2 cup heavy cream
4 ounces chopped semi-sweet chocolate
1 Tablespoon sugar

Heat the cream and 1 Tablespoon of sugar in a pan over medium heat.  When the cream is hot, stir to dissolve the sugar.  Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate and allow to sit for about 4 minutes or until the chocolate has melted.

Whisk the chocolate until smooth.  Pour the ganache onto a dinner plate and place in the refrigerator to cool for about thirty minutes.

Prepare the toppings for the ganache by placing them on small plates.  Possible toppings include chopped nuts, unsweetened cocoa, crushed candy canes, shredded coconut and powdered sugar.

Remove the ganache from the refrigerator and spoon about 2 tablespoons into the palm of your hand. Roll the ganache lightly until it forms a ball.  Drop the ball into the desired topping and roll lightly to coat.

If desired poke a small candy cane into the center of the ganache ball.

Place the finished balls on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and return to the refrigerator until ready to eat.