Creamy Dulce de Leche meets a salty cracker and fall in love. They drink to their love with Fireball whiskey and swim in some chocolate to complete their date!
Dulce De Leche saves the day.
Do you have the same problem I do? When I asked my husband this very thing he laughed and said, “You have so many problems, you are a going to have to be more specific.” My problem involves my need to balance out flavors. When you eat something salty, do you have to have a bite of something sweet? When you eat something sweet, does your mouth crave a bite of something savory? Right after dinner is over, I reach for a small bite of something sweet. Likewise, when I eat a dessert, I crave a salty bite. If you are a sufferer like me, I have just the solution. And it involves Dulce de Leche.
What is Dulce de Leche you ask?
Dulce de Leche, or “milk jam,” is a caramel like cream that can be used for many different things. This distinct ingredient may seem a little daunting to you, but let me ease your mind a bit. Do you remember those delicious caramel creme candies they sell? The tiny discs of buttery caramel surrounding a creme center. I would ride my bike to the convenient store when I was younger, seems I was riding my bike everywhere those days, and buy a few packages with the money I had earned from mowing the grass. I would savor the candies by eating the cream out of the center and saving the caramel doughnut for last. That sugary, sweet, buttery, caramel flavor was the perfect treat. Dulce de Leche embodies that same flavor but in a spreadable “jam” that is much more versatile.
What do I use it for?
My go to use for Dulce de Leche is for dessert. Combining it with other flavors, textures, and fruits are the best way to bring out the caramel flavors. I tend to like some salty flavors in my desserts to balance out the sweet because salt enhances most flavors to make them stronger. Having a dessert that is both salty and sweet with some texture makes it the perfect dessert!
Dessert is best when small
In my opinion, which most don’t really care about, dessert should be small. It is a way to end the meal with a final bite, or two, and send you on your way. I was never into desserts that are bigger than your entree. Why do we need pieces of cake that are literally 1/4 of the whole cake? Or an ice cream sundae with 4 scoops of ice cream? We don’t! I just need one bite to balance out my experience. These truffles are just that one bite!
The perfect combination
These truffles came into being with me taking a spoon, dipping it into the Dulce de Leche, tasting it, and then thinking this would be good spread on a salty cracker. The flaky, buttery cracker with a hint of salt, balanced with the sweet and creamy dulce de leche sent my head spinning. A bit messy to eat so I felt the need to repackage it. The better to eat it, my dear! Combining the cracker crumbs, with the Dulce de Leche, and tossing in a hint of Fireball whiskey to add another layer of flavor, and to thin it out, left me with a thick “batter” of sorts. I quickly rolled those and dipped them in chocolate to keep them from sticking to my fingers. Plus I just like a little chocolate…
The result of that experiment are these delicious Dulce De Leche Fireball Truffles! Enjoy one af your dinner!
- 2 cups salty and buttery crackers ( ~ 60 Ritz crackers)
- 2/3 cup La Lechera Dulce de Leche
- 1/4 cup Fireball whiskey
- 8 ounces dark chocolate
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- Crush the crackers and place in a food processor. I crushed ahead of time because the crackers will slide under the blade leaving a few large pieces.
- Add the La Lechera Dulce de Leche
- Pulse to combine.
- Add the Fireball whiskey and pulse again until a thick batter is made.
- Scoop out into individual truffles onto a parchment-lined baking sheet or platter.
- Place in freezer to harden. Approximately 20 minutes.
- Melt chocolate and coconut oil over a pot of simmering water using the double boiler method.
- Remove your truffles from the freezer and dip in the chocolate one at a time to coat.
- Place dipped truffle back on the parchment sheet and place in fridge to set the chocolate. Approximately 10 minutes.
- Keep stored in the fridge until ready to eat.
I encourage you to try some Dulce de Leche this month. October 11th is official #DulcedeLecheDay and if you try it I would love to see your pictures on social media! Post them to my Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtags, #DulceDeLecheDay and #TakeTwoTapas!
Need other tiny dessert options?
Check out these Powerballs for a healthy bite or post-workout snack
and my Derby Week Bourbon Balls with a hint of lime!