Friday Flowers: Yucca Flowers and Chocolate Biscoff Truffles {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

I’ve made a new discovery in the world of sweets. Biscoff Spread!  I’ve been seeing it in more and more recipes lately so I had to see what all the buzz was about.

Well . . . all the buzz is about something so rich, so creamy, so decadent, that it might even surpass Nutella in the delicious department (might).  I know. . . . GASP!

You know when you make a graham cracker crust, and you’ve just added the melted butter, and you lick the spoon?  (I can only hope you know what I’m talking about!)  Well, imagine that taste, only in a super smooth, creamy spread, with notes of caramel!  Amazing!

And it’s Friday Flowers around here.  However, I don’t know how I feel about the word “Yucca” being in the same line as one of the most delicious things you’ll ever eat.

Yucca flowers are a gorgeous variety of lily.  They grow on big stalks, often standing alone in a big open space, tall and proud.  From a distance they look like scratchy wheat, but up close they are lovely, soft and delicate cream colored flowers — there are many of them all bundled together to form what looks like one. I love them!

For some wonderful inspiration and more information about the super delicious Biscoff Spread, check out what my new foodie friend Gerry has to say on Foodness Gracious!

Now go make some of these amazing Chocolate Biscoff Truffles and keep your eyes peeled for Yucca flowers!


Chocolate Biscoff Truffles

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Active Work Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 2-1/2 to 3 dozen truffles

Recipe

1-pound finely chopped bittersweet chocolate, divided

8-ounces heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 teaspoon sea salt

1 (14-ounce) jar Creamy Biscoff Spread

Biscoff Cookie crumbs for garnish (from 1 or 2 cookies), optional

  1. Place 8-ounces of the chocolate in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, scald the cream with the vanilla. Tiny bubbles will appear on the edges of the pan, and it should be very hot, but not boiling.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate you've placed in the mixing bowl, and let stand for 4 minutes. Then use a wooden spoon to blend the mixture. It will take a minute or so for it to come together, and when it does it will be a smooth, thick consistency. (This mixture is called Ganache.)
  4. Add the salt and use a whisk to gently mix in the Biscoff Spread. Once it's fully incorporated, cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, and ideally overnight. (Once it has solidified, there might be excess oil from the Biscoff Spread that had risen to the top -- it might make it look a bit cloudy. Ignore this -- it doesn't matter!)
  5. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper and, in a double boiler or microwave, melt the remaining 8-ounces of chocolate.
  6. Remove the firm Biscoff mixture from the refrigerator and use a 1-1/4-inch cookie scoop to shape out about 3 dozen truffles, placing them on one of the parchment-covered baking sheets as you go.
  7. Use a fork to carefully dip each truffle into the melted chocolate to coat it evenly and place them on the other parchment covered baking sheet. Use a small knife to help you remove the covered truffle from the fork. The truffles will set at room temperature. If desired, sprinkle them with Biscoff cookies crumbs while they are still wet. (Graham crackers work, too.)
  8. Once set, you can put each truffle into a paper cup!

Notes

I love to garnish truffles with a sprinkling of an ingredient that is a hint of what's to come when you take a bite!

You can get Biscoff products here, and if you happen to have a Cost Plus World Market near you, they carry some of their products, too!

http://cookingontheweekends.com/2012/05/friday-flowers-yucca-flowers-and-chocolate-biscoff-truffles-a-biscoff-giveaway/

Timeline
Up to 4 days and at least 2 hours ahead:
Make the Ganache-Biscoff mixture and refrigerate.
Up to 8 hours ahead:
Melt the chocolate and dip the truffles.

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And now for the Biscoff Giveaway
(This giveaway is now closed — thank you all for your participation,
and congratulations, Talia!)

This is not a sponsored post and the giveaway is from me personally — as a gift to you!

  • You have a chance to win 2 jars of Biscoff Spread (1 creamy & 1 crunchy) and 1 package of Biscoff Cookies!
  • There will be 1 winner.
  • The winner of the contest will be selected at Random.org.
  • The winner will be notified via email, and will have 2 days to respond to me.  If I don’t hear from you, a new winner will be selected.
  • The Biscoff Giveaway is open until through the end of the day, Sunday, May 20, 2012.
  • You must have a mailing address in the U.S. to win .

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Comments

  1. colleen says

    I never had Biscoff,Actually I don’t think I have ever seen it… would it be with the peanut butter?

    • valentina says

      Yes, it would likely be in the peanut butter area of a store, but (in LA anyway), very few stores carry it. I got mine at Cost Plus, and if there’s one near you, they probably have it. :-) It’s delicious!

  2. Rebecca says

    Biscoff is even better than Nutella! What a delicious truffle! And the salt makes it taste like salted caramel — can even top with Himalayan pink salt!

  3. Jamie says

    I love biscoff spread possibly more than life.
    When I make these I’ll probably substitute the melted chocolate for more biscoff spread… That’s normal, right?

  4. Daphne R says

    I try not to buy Biscoff because the whole jar seems to disappear within a few days. Maybe I can make an exception for these truffles. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Amanda N says

    Biscoff spread is the new Nutella! I actually like it a lot better because I’m not a big hazelnut fan. I’ll have to try these truffles :)

  6. Andrea says

    I have been dying to try some Biscoff spread! There isn’t anywhere close to me that sells it, so this would be amazing!

  7. Shannon says

    Like another commenter mentioned, I have seen cookie butter at Trader Joe’s… but I’ve heard how great Biscoff spread is and I kind of want to try it first before I go Joe’s!

    • valentina says

      Hi Shannon! I’ve tried the one at TJ’s and while it’s yummy, it’s not the same flavor. :-) Cheers and good luck towards winning! Thanks for your comments!

  8. Hira R says

    And last but not least — liked you on fb’d and shared the link!

    Mmm, can’t wait to hopefully try this recipe out! They seriously look AMAZING (:

  9. ariana says

    I have not had the opportunity to try biscoff spread yet! I am dying to make some of these recipes!

  10. susie d. says

    Oh how I want to win this. All I hear is Biscoff this & that but the spread is not available where I live! :( I want to try it. TY for this chance!

  11. Jeff says

    Follow on Facebook, and Pinterest, shared the contest on FB and Pinterest as well. These truffles sound amazing!

  12. candace says

    I haven’t tried biscoff yet (the cookie or the spread!) but I keep hearing wonderful things about it. Truffles seem like the best first option for using biscoff spread!!

  13. Greta says

    At first I was a little weary when I heard about Biscoff, but who wouldn’t want this in their kitchen for… purely experimental baking purposes, of course. I would have to start with these truffles and find inspiration from there!

  14. says

    By the way, I’ve done most of the things already before the giveaway…. I don’t have Pinterest but may have to check it out :)

  15. Sharon says

    I keep hearing about Biscoff! I left CostPlus behind when I moved from Dallas, but…I’ll have to find another source. Thanks for your giveaway :~)

  16. sara u says

    I follow your boards on pinterest! I would follow you on facebook- or like you but I do not have one!

  17. Annette says

    I pinned this to my pinterest board – - – I’ve never heard of Biscoff, I’ll have to find some and check it out……I only recently discovered Nutella – - – YUM!!!!!!

  18. says

    I fell in love with Biscoff cookies the first time I had them served to me on an airplane and was so thrilled a few years ago to find them on the shelf in my grocery store. I have not yet tried the spread, as I’ve not seen it for sale nearby me, and can’t wait to try it. Would love to win!

  19. Karen says

    These look amazing! I’ve used Biscoff in a few cookie recipes but will definitely have to try the truffles too!

  20. Rose says

    These Chocolate Biscoff Truffles look fantastic. I’ve tried Biscoff cookies, Biscoff spread (creamy–can’t find the crunchy), and Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter spread. All of them are delicious and dangerously addictive.

    • valentina says

      Hi there — I’m so sorry but this giveaway has ended. :-( Check back for more giveaways. If there’s a Cost Puls WOrld Market near you, they carry the spreads. :-)

  21. Rachel says

    I am totally following you on Pinterest and I am also liking you on Facebook! I also pinned these truffles on my board. These I have to try to make, I hope they aren’t too difficult, though. Maybe you could send me the gift anyways, without picking my name.. Lol. I’m only joking, but I am glad I found this website.. I’m becoming addicted to it ; )
    Thank you!

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