Sunday, May 2, 2010

Peanut Butter Truffles & Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler Pie


It's Sunday -- time for Sweet Melissa Sundays! I missed posting last Sunday so I have two treats to share from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book by Melissa Murphy. First off, for this week's selection, Mara of Love Your Mother picked these decadent Peanut Butter Truffles (recipe here). A big thank you to Mara, who has an amazing craft and food blog, very fun!

This recipe had me racking my brain, trying to remember the last time I made truffles, and I don't think I've ever really made them before! I've done different kinds of coated candies but never true truffles. This recipe didn't work out perfectly for me, I got a few decent truffles, after letting the truffle mixture sit in the fridge for six hours (recipe recommends two) my truffle mixture was still too soft to roll. I popped it in the freezer for a little bit, and ended up firming it up enough to be able to roll some truffle balls. As soon as they were rolled, you could tell they needed to go back in the freezer, they were flattening and just too soft.

In the recipe you are to roll the truffle directly into chopped peanuts, but I decided to do a candy coating (wilton candy melts) since they were so soft, and then sprinkle the peanuts on the candy coating shell. This worked for about 7 truffles, before the balls were too soft to coat in the candy coating, getting all gloppy and just making a mess. Kind of disappointed in my attempt at these, I should have been able to make 50 or so truffles with all of the ingredients but most ended up tossed out because they were just too soft. Now I'm thinking I could probably have beat in some powdered sugar to stiffen them up, oh-well. I'm pretty sure the other Sweet Melissa Sunday bakers had a better go with these. At least I did get a pretty few to photograph, and of course they were delicious :)

Last week's recipe was an amazing Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler Pie picked for us to try by Tracey of
Tracey’s Culinary Adventures, you can find the recipe here at Tracey's site, along with some amazing food photography :)

I absolutely love fruit desserts, and putting a biscuit cobbler topping on a pie is a genius idea! I had so much fun making this recipe. The end result was oh so delicious, but quite a bit runnier than I typically like my pies. I even doubled the cornstarch before baking because I noted others had trouble with the pie being too runny on the SMS site, to no avail. It was still enjoyed and I'm for sure going to try a cobbler pie again :)

15 comments:

Julie said...

Wow, they both look amazing! I'd love to sink my teeth into those truffles!

Angie said...

I've done truffles before and also have had trouble with them firming up. Not sure why!

They both look super delicious though!

Gloria said...

Your truffles look amazing. No one would ever know about the technical difficulties! I had some technical difficulties myself and had to throw an entire batch out because it broke down. I love your idea of white chocolate coating...I think these need a little extra sweetness to balance the dark chocolate.

And your cobbler pie is adorable! The hearts give it that special touch. Nicely done!

Mrs. G said...

My truffles didn't firm up well either. Great pics.

Stephanie said...

the <3's were a cute idea for the pie topping. i did stars! and i love the look of the white topping on those truffles, yurmmmmm

Katiecakes said...

What a lovely double post. Everything looks great.

Katie xox

rebecca said...

I like the white chocolate coating. And your rhubarb looks absolutely yummy. I too loved the biscuit topping- I wasn't sure I would when reading the recipe, but I'm glad I tried it out.

k.a.r.e.n said...

Great job on both! amazing!

the lunch guy said...

rhubarb is one of my all time favorites, especially when combined with strawberries in a pie. it used to over run my mom's back yard garden in vermont.

its hard to come by here in bangkok, but every few years i see it in the market fresh from australia. i'll have to keep my eye out for some and try your recipe. looks good.

Nina said...

They both look awesome!

Leslie said...

I was looking at your truffles thinking "Wow, hers look so much better than mine" until you shared all your challenges. But that cobbler looks AMAZING!

Tracey said...

It doesn't seem like the truffles were terribly successful for too many of us. Some had soft truffles and most of us didn't get much peanut butter flavor - hopefully we'll have better luck next week!

I'm glad you enjoyed the pie :) I love fruit desserts too and thought this one was tasty, though like you mine was too runny. Love the heart biscuits you used on top!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Your truffles look great. The pie with the heart shapes are adorable!

Carmen

Sophia said...

Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Fall Cobbler Recipe Contest! It looks delicious!

superman said...

I love the chocolate coating..everything looks so awesome!

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