Strive Out Chef William Racin’s All-Pure Molded Truffles for Valentine’s Day


By Kenya McCullum

Throughout a web-based presentation for ACF Pittsburgh on September 21, 2020, Chef William Racin, CEPC, Pastry Chef at The Duquesne Membership, demonstrated methods for making three totally different sorts of molded truffles: Strawberry Ardour Fruit, Apricot Hazelnut Matcha, and Coconut Lime Caramel. In response to Racin, these recipes—that are manufactured from all-natural substances—are the proper mixture of taste, presentation, and comfort.

“The entire level of the demonstration was to attempt to use some comfort merchandise for people that didn’t have the time to undergo the entire course of of creating the whole lot from scratch,” he says. 

Now that Valentine’s Day is across the nook, Chef Racin says these recipes are extremely adaptable to supply the romantic desserts that clients anticipate on probably the most romantic day of the yr. The truth is, easy tweaks, like changing the white or milk chocolate in these recipes with darkish chocolate and introducing substances like tropical fruits or champagne, are variations that may make these desserts style like one thing delivered à la carte from Cupid himself.

Along with the recipes he demonstrated at ACF Pittsburgh, Chef Racin says that relating to Valentine’s Day pastry, cooks actually can’t go flawed with sticking to culinary traditions—however with a twist.

“The factor about pastry, the classics all the time appear to face out. I feel it’s our job to remain true to these classics, however costume them up in a extra modern manner,” he says. “I’ll all the time have a vanilla crème brûlée on the menu, however that doesn’t essentially restrict me with the garniture. A extremely nice crème brûlée may be garnished with a dehydrated rose meringue and just a little champagne gelee on high—after which individuals can have some contrasting textures and flavors, however nonetheless take pleasure in that basic dessert.”

Nevertheless, within the present COVID local weather, Chef Racin admits that cooks could must adapt barely with a purpose to give clients the romantic desserts they crave whereas getting ready them in a takeout format.

“The one actually sort of hindrance would most likely be a frozen element. It’s a must to pack them in dry ice, so it pulls a variety of ice lotions and sorbets off my menu, however I can just about ship the whole lot out—it’s simply not as elegantly plated as a result of it’s in a plastic container,” he says. “Aside from ice lotions and sorbets, we’ve been in a position to keep true to our elite degree delicacies within the takeout format.”

Strawberry Ardour Fruit Truffles


  • 28g strawberry puree 
  • 28g ardour fruit puree 
  • 192g white chocolate, melted 
  • 35g heavy cream
  • 14g butter
  • 5g strawberry compound 
  • Freeze-dried ardour fruit items


  1. Coat molds with coloured cocoa butter and forged shells with tempered milk chocolate. In the meantime, heat heavy cream, and strawberry puree. 
  2. Utilizing a stick blender emulsify the cream puree combination into the white chocolate. Add ardour fruit puree, compound and butter then proceed to mix till clean. 
  3. In the meantime, deposit freeze dried ardour fruit items into the pre-lined polycarbonate molds. Prime with ganache and cap truffles with tempered milk chocolate.

Apricot Hazelnut Matcha Truffles


  • 70g heavy cream
  • 4g inexperienced tea powder 
  • 154g white chocolate, melted 
  • 16g butter
  • Apricot jam, as wanted
  • Praline croquantine, as wanted 


  1. Coat molds with coloured cocoa butter and forged shells with tempered white chocolate. 
  2. In the meantime, heat heavy cream and inexperienced tea powder. Utilizing a stick blender, emulsify the cream puree combination into the white chocolate. Add butter and proceed to mix till clean. 
  3. Fill the molds one third of the with a top quality apricot Jam. Soften and pipe croquantine to two-thirds of the mould. Lastly, high with inexperienced tea ganache and permit to crystalize utterly earlier than unmolding.

Coconut Lime Caramel Truffles


  • 200g caramel base*
  • 66g milk chocolate, Melted
  • 15g contemporary lime juice
  • Cocos gianduja, as wanted 

Caramel Base: 

  • 147g heavy cream
  • 70g glucose
  • 84g sugar
  • 17g butter


  1. Coat molds with coloured cocoa butter and forged shells with tempered white chocolate. To make the bottom, caramelize sugar and glucose till deep amber. Deglaze with heavy cream and whisk in butter. Scale caramel to 200g and permit to chill to room temperature. 
  2. Utilizing a stick blender, emulsify the caramel into the milk chocolate. As soon as clean, add lime juice. Fill the ready cavities half of the way in which. In the meantime, soften cocos gianduja and cap the caramel base, filling the cavities the remainder of the way in which. 
  3. As soon as crystalized utterly cap the molds with tempered white chocolate.


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