Sometimes when you are creating a culinary masterpiece, or just dinner, it just does not turn out the way you wanted. For example, I was trying to make a pumpkin roll, and it just did not work out. But I did not want to let the wonderful pumpkin bread I had made go to waste, so I took the ingredients I had, and turned them into a fun fall treat. Just like you my recipes do not always work out, but if you use your imagination you may just turn an epic failure into a new favorite recipe.
1. Wash your hands.
2. For this recipe you will need measuring cups and spoons, a heat proof rubber spatula or wooden spoon, a sauce pot, a small scooper, a large mixing bowl, a small mixing bowl, a whisk, a baking sheet with sides, the oven and the stove.
If you are not allowed to use a knife, the stove or the oven by yourself, you can ask an adult for help.
If you do not want to make pumpkin truffles, the pumpkin bread recipe is great by itself for pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake, or pumpkin muffins.
ChefElla’s White Chocolate Pumpkin Cake Truffles (48 truffles)
2 ½ Cups A.P. Flour (All Purpose)
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice or (1 tsp Cinnamon, ½ tsp Ground Ginger, ½ tsp Nutmeg, ½ tsp Cloves)
¼ tsp Salt, Kosher or Sea
1 Can Pumpkin (15 oz.)
3 ea. Eggs
1 Cup Sugar
½ Cup Brown Sugar
¾ Cup Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Vanilla
Sour Cream Glaze
4 Tbl. Butter, Softened
4 oz. Sour Cream
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Tbl Orange Juice
2 Bags White Chocolate (2 - 12 oz. bags)
1 Tbl. Vegetable Oil
3. Pre-heat your oven to 350F.
4. Add your flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice to your small bowl and mix well using your whisk.
5. Add your pumpkin, eggs, sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla to your large bowl and mix well using your whisk. Add the flour mixture to your large bowl and mix until the wet and dry ingredients are just incorporated and the batter looks like mud.
6. Spray your baking sheet with pan spray or rub with some butter and sprinkle some powdered sugar over the pan. Move the sugar around the pan by tipping the pan and tapping the sides until the sugar covers the pan. Pour your batter into your baking sheet and spread evenly over the pan. If you have a small baking sheet you may need to use more than one.
7. Bake the pumpkin bread for 20-25 minutes. Stick the middle of the bread with a knife or toothpick to see if it is done. If the knife comes out of the bread clean it is done. If there is batter on the knife bake for another 3 minutes and check again. Remove the pumpkin bread from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes. Wash your large bowl for later.
8. To make the glaze add the softened butter, sour cream, and orange juice to your small bowl. Add the powdered sugar and mix well until there are no lumps and the glaze is smooth.
9. Crumble your pumpkin bread into your large bowl. Add the glaze and mix well using your spatula or spoon. Wash and dry your baking sheet and your small bowl for later. Using your scoop, scoop out the pumpkin mix (about 2 tablespoons). Roll the pumpkin mix into a ball and place on your baking sheet.
10. Repeat the process until all of the mix is gone. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to cool for about 1 hour.
11. Add two cups of water to your sauce pot and place on the stove on medium heat. When you begin to see bubbles in the water place your small bowl over the pot and add your white chocolate and 1 tbl oil. Mix the white chocolate with your spatula. As the chocolate begins to melt turn the heat to low. Keep mixing the chocolate until it is smooth. It is better to keep the heat lower than higher. If the chocolate is too hot it will separate.
12. Place a large piece of foil or parchment paper on your counter near the stove. Using two spoons, drop a pumpkin ball into the white chocolate and rotate it to coat with chocolate. Remove the pumpkin truffle and place it on the foil or parchment to cool and harden. Place the truffles in the refrigerator for ½ hour to cool.
Optional: Sprinkle some chopped nuts or colorful sprinkles on the still wet white chocolate truffles. You can also decorate your truffles by letting them cool and harden and then drizzle them with colored candy melt.
ChefElla’s helpers can help by:
Measuring out the ingredients
Mixing the pumpkin bread
Making the glaze
Scooping the pumpkin balls
Older helpers can help by:
Coating the pumpkin balls with chocolate
Cooking the ingredients with some guidance