Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Rosy rhubarb truffles

I'm excited. First it was coco-nutty prunes in white chocolate and the road towards salvation (read: knowing the perfect ways to make truffles from fruit and berries) started showing itself. I mean, there are actually a million possibilities.

Then rhubarbs came.

And then I realized how much I really love myself the concept.


Rosy rhubarb truffles

300 g rhubarb stalks (two bigger ones or three smaller ones)
2 dl sugar
2-3 tbsp rosewater
white chocolate
(chopped almonds or almond slices)
  1. Peel the rhubarb stalks (if the stalks are young, you can just cut them without peeling) and cut to bite-size pieces. Place the pieces into a saucepan and add the sugar and rosewater on top.
  2. Cover with lid and heat until syrup forms from the sugar and rhubarb juice. Boil at low heat until tender, but not broken (about ten minutes), occasionaly gently stirring or turning the pieces around.
  3. Let the rhubarb cool down in the syrup, preferrably let it soak overnight.
  4. Pat the pieces a bit dryer on paper towels and reserve the syrup for later use. Melt white chocolate over a waterbath and dip each piece into it (if you wish, also dip them into almond pieces after the chocolate), then place on foil for hardening. Keep in the fridge, but take out a bit before serving.

The rhubarbs are tender, with rosy cheeks and sweet white coats. The rose flavour is quite moderate and although the filling is sweet in itself, it really needs the extra sweetness from white chocolate, rhubarb being sour in its very essence. You could add more sugar or more rosewater if you want a more instense bite, I don't mind!:)

Last time I added almond bits to coat the chocolate and the sensation was even better with a crunchy addition, so I'd definitely do it next time too. The leftover syrup can be made into a very good drink by adding water.

Next I'm thinking pears poached in black tea with bitter chocolate and hazelnuts. And then from there...

This post will take part of the first round of the event Original Recipes, hosted by Lore of Culinarty.

17 comments:

linda said...

Just perfect! Love the colours and combination of flavours!

Shari said...

Rhubarb and rose water sound delicious! And then white chocolate too! Wow.
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Lo said...

How simply lovely.
Yet another (unexpected) way to use this spring delicacy!

Evelin said...

linda, thanks! its the pink that makes all rhubarb dessert so lovely, that's true!:)

shari, the combination is fabulous. I'm glad that I found it! thanks!

lo, thank you! I'm always trying to find new ways for rhubarb, because (sorry sorry sorry!) I'm quite tired of the good old rhubarb cake...

C.L. said...

beautiful recipe, beautiful pics, and too dang funny...you know you can't love anyone else until you love yourself first :)

Sophie said...

Yummy Yumm! I first had these when I was watching the Second Chronicles of Narnia a few weeks back...ever since, I've been wanting to learn how to make 'em. I love that yours are pink. They look like cute little pillows of sugary goodness :D.

Evelin said...

c.l, sphie, thanks!

Mariajaan said...

How very funny. I also loved the concept! Are you devoting yourself full time to this any time soon? What about Linnupiima bars? Can you recreate such an unusual candy? Best, best

Evelin said...

mariajaan, devoting myself to this for some time wouldn't hurt at all;) Linnupiima bars...I'm not really a fan of them myself, but I think I've even seen a recipe somewhere. Should check nami-nami:)

Lore said...

Pink and white always make a delicate pair and so do the flavours in these truffles. Lovely!
Thank you for your entry :)

Adam said...

Love the color of those truffles. I bet the sour and sweet play off each other nicely. Good entry into the roundup.

Evelin said...

lore, thanks! colours sometimes really make a dish!

adam, thank you!

Dragon said...

These look so delicate and perfect. Great job!

Alexa said...

Those look so pretty, and what a wonderful assortment of flavors.

Maggie said...

These look gorgeous and delicious!

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looking just perfect..

Little Lo Hood said...

wow those look beautiful and delicious!!