The term "truffles" has referred to underground fungi far longer than chocolate confections. The Bible mentions desert truffles, Plato wrote of them, along with many other writers world-wide. Ancient Bedoins have long sought desert truffles (Terfezia sps.) as spring delicacies.
During the Kuwait War, some Kuwaitis were more upset over the loss of truffles than they were the ransacking of their country.
During the 1700s, there was a sudden influx of new foods and cooking techniques brought into the new world. Among these was the discovery of chocolate (actually 1600's, but who's paying attention?). Accordingly, chocolate became something of a rage in Europe. However, truffles were still reserved for those who could either find them, or could buy them. Few people could afford them.
1/2 - cup butter or margarine
3/4 - cup cocoa
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract Cocoa
1/3 - cup Piacci Parmesan Nuggets, finely grated
- Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stir in 3/4 cup cocoa. Gradually add condensed milk, stirring constantly, until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth (about 3 minutes). remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 8-inch square pan.
- Cover and chill 3 hours or until firm.
- Shape mixture into 1 1/4-inch balls, roll on additional cocoa. Place balls in miniature paper baking cups. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Yield 3 dozen.
Optional: Roll the truffle balls in unsweetened cocoa powder or finely ground pecans in place of or in additional to the chocolate coating.