Sunday, March 31, 2013

Key Lime Truffles for a Citrusy #SundaySupper

Out of all the fruit types in the world, I think I consume the most citrus. Granted, I love my Asian pears in the winter and my Ontario-grown apples in the fall, and if offered an in-season strawberry shortcake or cherry pie I'm certainly not going to turn it down! But generally for me, you'll find lemons and limes (as well as their juice components) in my grocery cart most weeks, since I add it to herbal tea, water, jam, salad, soup and baked treats as much as I can. My mom, though she doesn't mind the occasional orange or lemon treat, definitely has a favourite flavour in the citrus world: the key lime. Actually (unless Blogger is lying to me), the last limey treat I baked was an homage to her favourite Summer dessert - Key Lime Pie.
Key Lime Truffles
With the popularity of "cake" and "cookie" ball confections (and my experience making a bunch of recipes from Cake Balls: More Than 60 Delectable and Whimsical Sweet Spheres of Goodness back in December), it's no wonder that when I saw these cookies on Tales of an Overtime Cook turning the baked goody into an eggless, extra tangy "truffle" popped into my head immediately! Amusingly, very little of the original cookie recipe translated into the dark chocolate balls you see here. For one, they're covered in dark, luscious chocolate, and they aren't baked. Then of course, there are the facts that they're eggless, have almost no flour, a lot less sugar and have a mixed base of butter and cream cheese! The finished (uncoated) truffle centres keep almost forever in the freezer, and I just pull out a few of these and dunk them in chocolate whenever I need a quick gift or party tray item. That said - it's worth making a double (or triple) batch!

This week the fabulous #SundaySupper team is sharing any and all things citrus!

Better with Citrus Breakfasts:

Big On Citrus Breads & Condiments:

Make You Pucker Salads, Sides, & Main Dishes:

Sour Citrusy Sweets & Desserts:

Sour Sips & Drinks:

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What's your favourite citrus food or recipe?

Key Lime Truffles
Makes 20
2 tbsp cream cheese (regular or low fat – NI is for full fat), softened
3 tbsp salted butter, softened (add a pinch of salt if using unsalted)
¼ cup sugar
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of ½ lime
¼ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup graham cracker crumbs
Dark or white chocolate, melted, for coating
  1. In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, sugar, lime zest and lime juice until well combined.
  2. Mix together the flour and graham cracker crumbs and beat into the cheese mixture to form a scoopable “batter-dough”.
  3. Roll small balls of the mixture and refrigerate at least 1 hour to firm up (or freeze at this point).
  4. Dip in melted chocolate and allow to set. 
  5. When coated, truffles can be kept at room temperature for 1 week or 3 weeks in the fridge.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 44.0
Total Fat: 2.5 g
Cholesterol: 6.2 mg
Sodium: 26.7 mg
Total Carbs: 5.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
Protein: 0.5 g

6 comments :

Soni said...

I love truffles and so do my kids! Key lime sounds amazing in truffles and I cannot wait to try :)

Lane Richeson said...

Oh my gosh.. I really don't have anything else to say besides I want to stuff my face with these truffles.

Nancy @ gottagetbaked said...

Sarah, WOW, lady! These look amazing! I love that you made truffles with these. Now I want to make a giant batch to keep in the freezer for when a craving hits.

Tammi @ Momma's Meals said...

LOVE these little bits of goodness, love that I wouldn't have to bake them and that they are dark chocolate!!

german in pdx said...

Sounds delicious. I love truffles yummy!!! ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen {Galactosemia in PDX}

Sunithi Selvaraj, RD said...

These sound amazing. Love the chocolate lime combo. Trying thsi ASAP !! Tymm !!