Friday, March 12, 2010
As I mentioned in my last post, I was up until 4am last night making some darling Oreo and Nutter Butter Truffles for the hubby to take for a Pi Day celebration in his History of Mathematics class. Now you're probably thinking I'm crazy for staying up so late for some truffles, but after spending the past four days working on taxes, I needed a break. My way of relaxing and letting my hair down, so to speak, is to enjoy some alone time in the kitchen making something cute. These truffles were therapy. Delicious, adorable therapy.
And, yes, I do feel better now. Thank you for asking. :)
The innards of a Nutter Butter Truffle are simple and modest and absolutely delish. Ground Nutter Butter cookies are mixed with cream cheese and rolled into perfect little balls (or really any shape you desire). I dipped mine in chocolate bark, because you cannot go wrong when peanut butter and chocolate meet.
I decorated them with pale orange flowers which I handmade from gum paste. The coated truffles also got a little decoration with melted and piped orange candy melts and almond bark. I really like the soft springy orange contrasted against the warm brown. It's pale and feminine and lovely for spring.
I was tired by the time I got around to piping the details and didn't take my time so they were a bit messy. I didn't get too creative with these; I mostly just repeated a few different designs. Some truffles were given a simple striped decoration, others were given cute little spirals. I love the little guy in the front--kind of reminds me of plaid.
My Wilton gum paste gave me some trouble with the flowers. I find the premade gum paste to be quite dry and difficult to work with. I am never able to really manipulate my flowers any after they are cut. And darling roses are out of the question. Since I don't have much experience with gum paste I don't know if I got a particularly old/dry bag of gum paste or what. I'm planning to try making my own gum paste from scratch soon for comparison. I'd love to just sit down at the table on a lazy Saturday and listen to music and make gum paste flowers all day long!
Now friends, this deep, dark ball of gorgeousness is an Oreo Truffle. So good you would think you'd died and gone to heaven. So so so good!
The Oreo Truffles got coated in almond bark and decorated with pink candy melts and pale purple gum paste flowers which I gave a bit of shimmer to by painting them with edible luster dust. If you click on the photo, you may notice a little shimmer on the front truffle there. I left a couple of the truffles plain and added a bit of sparkle to their white exteriors. A little subtle fanciness, you might say.
While I loved the soft, girly colors of the Oreo Truffles, I was definitely more fond of the color and contrast of the Nutter Butter Truffles. These feel a bit one-dimensional next to the other truffles.
Still cute though. And oh so yummy! Mmmm... so yummy! It's a good thing I only saved one of each as a sacrifice (i.e. to be cut in half for photographic purposes). One of the hubby's classmates claimed, "These have changed my life forever!" They may be simple and a breeze to make, but these truffles are seriously good eats.