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Live at Daybreak: Cheesy desserts for the Holidays

CREATED Dec. 1, 2012

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Many of us will be looking for a quick, delicious dessert recipe for holiday entertaining in the coming weeks. Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese is right here in southeast Wisconsin. Debbie Crave was on Live at Daybreak Saturday.

Mascarpone Chocolate Truffles

What goes best with cheese? Chocolate, of course! Here is a recipe where the two heavenly tastes come together. A Door County Fair Champion!

Ingredients:

8 ounces finest quality semisweet chocolate, chopped

1/3 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoons sugar

2 ounces (1/4 cup) Crave Brothers Mascarpone, at room temperature

1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or other favorite liqueur\

1 cup finely ground pecans or walnuts

Cooking Directions:

Place all ingredients except the nuts in a medium bowl. Set bowl on pan of simmering water; do not allow bowl to touch water. (Or place in top of double boiler.) Heat until melted, smooth and warm. Watch closely and stir often. Remove from heat, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Working quickly, roll refrigerated mixture into smooth 1-inch balls. Place on parchment or waxed paper. Roll the truffle balls in the finely ground nuts. Refrigerate for up to one week. These truffles are very soft; they must be cold for shaping and rolling. Remove from refrigeration about 10 minutes before serving. Refrigerate any remaining truffles.

Coating option: Melt 6 ounces best quality dark or semisweet chocolate in bowl over pan of simmering water. Roll the truffle balls in the chocolate to evenly coat. If desired, then roll in ground nuts.