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Basil Chocolate Truffles

Pastry Chef Adam Weiss, Gather Restaurant

yield: 2 dozen

Adam’s creative approach to desserts shines through with this delicious and simple recipe for chocolate truffles. This is perfect for a memorable organic, agave-sweetened dessert at your next dinner party.


1 lb. of 66% organic TCHO chocolate, chopped
3 oz of good quality olive oil
pinch ‘o salt

* set those items aside together in a big bowl
1 C Nature’s Agave Amber
1/4 C coffee
3/4 C water
1.5 oz basil, stem and all


Bring coffee, water, Nature’s Agave to a boil, then take off heat and throw in basil. Gently stir for 5 minutes, then take basil out. Slowly temper hot liquid into chocolate and oil bowl by stirring briskly while pouring a steady stream.

Refrigerate completed mixture for 2 hours. Take out, scoop into balls and roll in cocoa powder. Place the truffle balls on a plate, and garnish with the smallest, most precious basil leaf (you know, the one that always gets left on the stem because everyone goes for the big leafs).