Sunday, December 26, 2010

Coffee Mascarpone Truffles





I have two very short and very sweet stories to share. This first very short and sweet tale does not involve the above truffles…so here we go.


Today we were in church and the subject of giving came up. We listened to our pastor talk about this year being the year, that if you haven’t already you really consider giving more to the church.


I most certainly new that we could give more, personally our particular church has infused a goodness into all of my relationships and I owe them! They are family, they are growing me.







My husband opened his wallet, and in it were some crisp bills…all Christmas gifts. We looked at each other and still had to think it over but ended up tithing it. The instant it left our fingers I felt fabulous.


Five minutes later we came home and our neighbors called us. They wanted to give us all of their young daughters furniture for Indigo….funny how that giving thing worked so quickly into a plus for our family. Just minutes before my pastor had told me this would happen and he was right.


Now on to that second sweet tale. . . . .


This recipe was delightfully borrowed from a down right gorgeous blog..and blogger SPRINKLES BAKES







INGREDIENTS (makes 40)


2-12 oz packages semisweet chocolate chips (I love using mini chips, they melt evenly)
1 - 8 oz package mascarpone cheese, softened
2-3 tbsp instant coffee granules dissolved in 1 tsp hot water
Unsweetened cocoa powder for rolling truffles








DIRECTIONS

Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler. Add mascarpone cheese and coffee mixture; fold together with a spatula. Pour into an 8x8 pan and allow to chill until firm enough to scoop into balls. Roll into 1" balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Chill for 1-2 hours ( I speed the process up and put the chocolate in my refrigerator). Roll in cocoa..I gifted them to friends.


• Now if this year I can only remember how good giving feels!



34 comments:

aipi said...

Chocolate is my weakness, n among the different kinds of chocolate the sound of truffles just drives me crazy..AWESOME!!

US Masala

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those look irresistible! I also made truffles this year (eggnog).

I hope you had a great Xmas.

Cheers,

Rosa

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I got chills reading this post. It is wonderful to hear that the spirit of giving is alive with you and your family!

Raina said...

I too really believe you get what you give, and like I always tell my kids, when you are good, you will always bring good into your life:)

These truffles look pretty darn good; so I must have been good today..lol I have never seen marscapone in a truffle. I bet they are great!

dinnersanddreams.net said...

Your truffles look decadent. I would love some.
I hope you had a great Christmas!

Nisrine

New York City Girl Expat Abroad said...

They just look super Jennifer... Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Sarah said...

Super delicious looking truffles. So much goodness in one little ball.

We were just listening to a pastor speak on giving, and how in the spiritual realm giving isn't subtracting, but multiplying. Nice to see it in action!

Beth said...

What beautiful truffles, and a wonderful story about tithing. Thanks for sharing!

Holly said...

Love that story!! And so true! The truffles sound amazing!

Kitchen Boffin said...

coffee and chocolate! thatz one thing which would be just irresistible.. love ur truffles..

Faith said...

:) that is some awesome karma working! I love anything with coffee flavoring and those look amazing.

Monet said...

We all need to practice giving more....Ryan and I have been filling convicted about giving to our new church. Your story is inspiring me! I hope you have a wonderful week, my friend. Many blessings as the new year approaches. Thank you for sharing this sweetness!

Brownieville Girl said...

What a lovely story - glad your giving came back so quickly.

Those sweets look amazing and dangerous (to the waist line!!!)

Daisy said...

and tt happened in an instant! You are so blessed and I applaud you for truly embracing the spirit of giving. The truffles look to die for.

Merry Christmas friend!

The Capitol Baker said...

These look magnificent! I love the idea of including mascarpone.

Laurie @simplyscratch said...

Omg. These sound devine!

Roxan said...

Jennifer, these truffles look so delicious and elegant!
Also, thank you for sharing your story with us. It's true, whatever you give into the universe is what will come back to us, I am a firm believer in that. That is an amazing story... A merry merry christmas to you.

BakingWithoutaBox said...

What a wonderful Christmas gift for your family and from you to all of us. That's so sweet. Amazing how things work out.

Marcellina said...

These truffles sound sooooo good! I love your story but am not surprised! I so believe in when giving you receive. Sometimes in obvious ways like yours but also sometimes it is not so obvious and only comes to light later.

Michael Toa said...

Thank you for sharing the story. I also believe when you give, you will receive.
The truffles look fantastic.
Happy holidays. God bless.

Fashion Meets Food said...

oh my goodness!!! These look beyond heavenly! Yum! Thanks so much for sharing.

xo

LDH said...

Coffee ~ Mascarpone ~ Truffles, three words that make me happy. How delicious do these look! Oh, wow!

I have always heard that you can't out-give God. Sweet tithing story :)

baking.serendipity said...

These look fantastic! I've never had a coffee truffle before, but I love the idea of it :) Your stories were too cute and touching. I definitely believe that what goes around comes around.

Design Wine and Dine said...

Two of my favorite things! These are so beautiful!

SprinkleBakes said...

I am so touched by your awesome giving story and also by your sweet mention! Thank you Jennifer, hope you have a happy new year!

NEL, the batter baker said...

Looks totally divine!

Sue said...

Great post! I hope 2011 brings continued blessings to your family!

~Lisa~ said...

These are my kind of truffles! Loving the flavors and the use of mascarpone. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, I bet Indigo had a blast opening her gifts. She's such a doll.

Chocolate Freckles said...

Ohhhh wow!! I love christmas truffles!! I have a friend who always gives away truffles for Christmas! I'll share this recipe with her!! for sure she'll love it!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Wonderful post! What goes around, ALWAYS comes around! The truffles look divine! I've never seen them with mascarpone!

Alessandra said...

I believe that it is called Cause and Effect. If we look carefully life is all cause and effect, sometimes we are just too busy to notice, sometimes someone else has to point it out to us... good causes = good effects :-)

The truffles are super yum!

ciao
Alessandra

Peggy said...

These were such sweet stories and those truffles look absolutely delicious! They wouldn't last long in our house, I know that!

Megan said...

That is such a great story. We all need reminders about the spirit of giving sometimes.

Love those truffles... mascarpone... coffee... cannot go wrong!

Diane {Created by Diane} said...

They look DELICIOUS, rich dark and chocolaty! YUM!