I had a few ideas for this one. The first was a cheesecake with a fruity wine glaze... that would have been delicious! But then I thought of truffles and ran both ideas past my husband who said, "Just do whichever one is cheaper." So that clinched it: truffles it is! (Plus, he loves chocolate with orange!) I had most of the ingredients on hand, so I only spent money on the chocolate! Talk about cheap! In total, assuming you already have eggs and butter, I'd say this would cost you about $6, plus the cost of the wine. I used a wine called "Chocolate Shop - The Chocolate Lover's Wine", but if you choose not to use a chocolate wine, I would suggest a sweet fruity wine like Ernest & Julio Gallo's "Cafe Zinfandel" or a Beaujolais. Maybe even a Syrah...
Regardless, this one is definitely on my "repeat" list!
CHOCOLATE WINE & ORANGE TRUFFLES
18 oz semisweet chocolate chips (1 1/2 bags) OR baking chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup chocolate wine, or sweet fruity wine
1/4 c heavy cream
1 1/2 tbsp butter
2 egg yolks
1-2 tsp freshly-grated orange peel
Melt chocolate over very low heat. Stir in wine and cream.
Beat egg yolks, then stir a small amount of chocolate mixture into eggs, then slowly add the eggs to the chocolate mixture. Mixture will thicken. Add butter and orange peel. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. Spoon out onto wax paper and coat with ground nuts or powdered sugar. You could also do a mixture of coffee, cinnamon, and powdered sugar. Put them all in a coffee grinder and pulse a few times to blend well.
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg