Amidst my running about, I managed to sit down long enough to make one of the few desserts that I care enough to be good at. I first discovered chocolate truffles on Alton Brown's Good Eats show on the episode titled Heart of Darkness. If you haven't seen this show and are a food/science nerd, you need to check it out. Anyways, I noticed how much this wasn't like baking. I have this deep fear of baking. The whole idea of letting something go and not being able to fuss around with it disturbs me.
That's neither here nor there. Chocolate truffles. I first attempted to make these for a former girlfriend of mine. I thought it would be a lovely gift for her birthday. As with most of my cooking endeavors, I did a test batch before I ever tried making the real thing. The results were surprisingly good. I had more confidence now. I'm roaming dangerously into the realm of desserts. It's a bit like skirting the edge of the forbidden forest for me. Lurking behind that dark shady area of trees are cakes and behind that mound of threatening shrubbery are the dreaded cookies that lure their victims in effortlessly. Ahem. I digress.