I think we all know the phrase, “No man shall live on bread alone.”
It was probably written by someone who’s never tasted a perfect croissant. Furthermore, I believe there may be a whole slew of teenage boys out there who would fervently disagree.
But what if you had to choose just one thing? One thing to carry you through from one day to the next. Ad infinitum. What would it be?
I couldn’t do it. I could not choose one.
But I could choose TWO.
Chocolate and whisky. Absolute musts for a fine and fulfilling life.
Recognizing that we’re in the thick of the holidays and that I’ve been up to my earballs in all things flour, butter and sugar related, I decided to put my less-than-stellar skills to the test in the kitchen to prove three things.
1.) Whisky and chocolate belong together.
2.) Everyone—especially when forced to—will eventually agree with you.
3.) Sheep cannot be convinced that whisky and chocolate belong together.
That said, the results of my efforts are being shared with (read thrust into the hands of) everyone I love, given as holiday gifts, because nothing says, Happy Saturnalia! like an overdose of things meant to be consumed in moderation.
And just so I’m not caught on a technicality for the ‘surviving on one thing alone’ challenge, I shall marry my two must-haves together. (Okay, the other technicality might be that there are a few more than just two ingredients, but once all together, it’s really JUST ONE THING.)
Single Malted Milk Chocolate Balls
Ingredients for balls
1 cup high quality chocolate (milk or dark is fine)
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons malted milk powder
4 tablespoons single malt whisky
3 oz. chocolate wafer cookies
2 teaspoons malted milk powder
2 teaspoons ground chocolate or dutch processed cocoa powder
2 teaspoons espresso powder
Melt chocolate over a double boiler or heat gently until just melted in a microwave. Add malted milk powder and stir to combine. Pour whisky over mixture one tablespoon at a time, stirring to incorporate after each. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the wafer cookies into powdery crumbs and stir into chocolate mixture.
In a small bowl, combine the last three ingredients and set beside your chocolate mixture and a cookie sheet lined with a strip of waxed paper.
With clean hands, roll a truffle-sized dollop of the chocolate mixture between your palms and then place in the powder bowl, rolling it around with a spoon to coat the sphere evenly. Remove and place on the cookie sheet.
Once you’ve finished rolling out all the dough, place in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden, then pop into a pretty wax paper lined tin and gift away to your favorite adults.
As an extra added bonus, serve with a warming dram.