This Book Makes Me Cook is reading a chocoholic's dream this month. Our book club's pick was Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - a fantasy story of young Charlie Bucket who wins a trip to Willy Wonka's extraordinary chocolate factory.
Willy Wonka, the factory's owner, is quite a character and equally fabulous is the dream world that he has built. I'm sure Dahl had concealed lots of morals in the book - what with all the other children who accompany Charlie on this trip falling prey to one of their faults and Charlie, the virtuous one, winning the factory as a grand prize. But what always fascinates me is the world Willy Wonka created inside this factory - chocolate rivers, Oompa-Loompas and that most amazing glass elevator that moves all-ways.
I've read this book many times over the years and enjoyed it every time. I've also craved a lot of chocolate during and after reading this book. So for this month's post, I decided to make chocolate truffles.
Start by making a firm ganache. Chop 150 gms semi-sweet chocolate into small bits. Heat 100 ml cream with 1/2 tsp vanilla essence in a small pan until it is simmering. Pour it on the chocolate, wait a minute and then mix to make a smooth paste. Cover the ganache with a plastic wrap and chill for a couple of hours.
Remove from fridge and carve out small bits with a melon baller. Roll between palms to make a round truffle, then roll into cocoa powder. That was half my truffles. For the other half, I rolled the ganache balls into finely ground almonds for that lovely white speckled effect.
Want to know what other members made from the book?
Sweatha did what I did and made truffles too.
Rachel made Chocolate Almond Bars.
Sunshinemom made Puffed Rice Balls
In February, we are reading my all-time favorite author Agatha Christie. Out of her 100-odd novels, we have picked "Adventure of the Christmas Pudding", a Hercule Poirot mystery. If you would like to join us on a trip to Poirot's world, leave a comment here and I will get back with more details.