Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chocolate Truffles Recipe, Chocolate Rum Truffles Recipe

February is the month of love, with Valentine's Day being celebrated this month. We often make chocolate desserts at our Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast Inn during this month, and provide complimentary chocoalte truffles to our guests on Valentine's Day as well. Here is one of our Chocolate Truffle recipes, which can also be found in our cookbook, Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' Favorite Recipes. You can purchase a copy of our cookbook here.

Enjoy this delightful chocolate!


CHOCOLATE RUM TRUFFLES



  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. dark rum*
  • 6 oz. dark sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
In a small, heavy pan, bring the cream just to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rum and the chopped dark chocolate. Cook over very low heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate melts. Remove the pan from the heat and quickly mix the butter into the chocolate mixture. When the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth, pour it into a shallow bowl and seet aside to cool. Cover the bowl and chill in the refigerator for at least 2 hours, or until the mixture is firm enough to handle.

Sift the cocoa powder onto a large plate. Scoop up the chocolate mixture with a small cookie scoop or with a teaspoon and shape into balls. Roll each ball in the cocoa powder.

Store the truffles, covered, in the refrigerator. Let them stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.

*Variation: Grand Marnier, Kahlua, or Orange Juice may be substituted for the rum.

Ice Festival in Cripple Creek

Come out and enjoy the Ice Festival in Cripple Creek, Colorado this weekend!

The 4th Annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival 2011 is going to be held on February 11th - 13th, and 19th - 21st.

The Ice Festival will be featuring "Story Time," where ice carvers will incorporate their interpretation of classic literature into art.

Spectators that enjoy watching the ice carving are invited to watch sculptors wield chainsaws and carving tools to create their masterpieces. This family friendly event will have several activities for children and adults, including two ice mazes, an ice slide, a martini bar, and retail and food vendors on the street and in the heated event tent. Visitors are encouraged to visit both weekends, as sculptors will be carving throughout the two weeks and additional new ice sculptures will be carved for the second weekend. So put down that book, bundle up, and join us for this two-weekend event as we transform Bennett Avenue into a literary work of art!

Need lodging for the event? Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins has both our Colorado Cabin and Colorado Vacation Cottage available for rent February 11th thru 14th; and rooms in our Colorado Bed and Breakfast Lodge and our Colorado Vacation Cottage are available February 18th thru 21st.