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Fried Chocolate Truffles

Fried Chocolate Truffles -- An interesting turn on the traditional
confection. These are ganache balls rolled in bread crumbs and
then deep fried. I can't go on long enough about how tasty these
are, and every time I serve them, I get rave reviews. The finished
product has a solid ganache center, surrounded by molten ganache,
surrounded by a crunchy fried shell. I serve two to each guest
alongside a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

Needs about 1.5 hours of prep-time plus serveral hours in the freezer
throughout the process.

Yield: At least three dozen, if you can keep the tasting spoon
out of the ganache.

8 ounces whipping cream
16 ounces shaved chocolate
1/2 pound sweet french bread, preferably stale
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (for dusting)
3 eggs, beaten

Bring the cream to a slight boil, and slowy mix in the shaved
chocolate, stirring well. When it achives a homogenous consistency,
put it into the freezer. Every thirty minutes give it a quick stir
to keep it from separating. It's "done" when it is the consistency
of modelling clay - it took about three hours in my freezer.

Line a half-sheet pan with waxed paper and begin to form the ganache
into small balls, about 3/4 inch diameter and arrange them on the
sheet pan. Put them back into the freezer for about an hour --
while you were working them, the chocolate began to melt and they
must be stiff for the next step.

You will want the bread very dry for this -- if you have fresh
bread, slice it very thin and place it in a barely-warm oven for
ten minutes until it feels stale. Use a food processor to grind
the bread into crumbs, adding the sugar and cinnamon. You're
looking for the consistency of kosher-salt here.

Set three bowls out across your work surface, left-to-right (if
you're right handed) - in the first bowl you'll have the flour; in
the second bowl, the beaten eggs, and in the third bowl, put about
a quarter of the bread crumbs. As you progress, the crumbs will
become contaminated with the eggs, so you'll want to freshen them
with dry crumbs from the stock.

Using your left hand, take a piece of the ganache and roll it in
the flour, and drop it into the egg. With your right hand, coat
well with the egg, and transfer it to the bread-crumbs. Coat well
and transfer to another half-sheet tray covered with waxed paper.
After all the balls have been coated, repeat the process - flour,
egg, bread-crumbs. At the end of the second coating they should
be almost the size of a golf-ball. Back into the freezer for at
least an hour, or even overnight. If you're going to keep them
longer than that, put them on layers of waxed paper in a air-tight
container.

Put oil into your fryer and bring it to 375 deg F. I fry two at
a time. Transfer the cold truffles into the oil and let them fry
for almost a whole minute -- the coating will be golden brown and
slightly hard (the sugar will be nicely carmelized). Dry on
paper-towels. Serve them still hot.

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