Chocolate Whiskey “Truffles”

This Jack Daniel’s and gingersnap infused truffle recipe literally came in the mail in the 1990’s. It came with a subscription card to Bon Appetit Magazine, saying, “Our Christmas Gift for You; Makes an extra-sweet holiday gift from your Kitchen.”

trufflesBon Appetit advertised, “Gingersnap cookies add an unusual and delicious twist to these chocolate treats. So elegant. So easy! For gift giving, place truffles in small paper candy cups, then arrange in decorattive boxes.”

Chocolate Whiskey “Truffles”
Makes about 2 dozen
8 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
½ c. (1 stick) unsalted butter
2/3 c. finely crushed gingersnap cookies
3 tbsp. Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
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Karl Ratzsch’s Bavarian Kirsch Cream with Cherries

Karl Ratzch’s is famous for this dessert and provided the recipe to the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1981.

Karl Ratzsch’s Bavarian Kirsch Cream with Cherries
1 lb. cherries, stoned
3/4 c. Kirsch liqueur
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. cream
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Jo Ellen’s Famous English Trifle

My sister Jo’s magnificent confection. It will leave you speechless.

Jo Ellen’s Famous English Trifle

Crystal trifle bowl (the traditional bowl is footed)

6-8 sponge cakes
1 pkt. raspberry gelatin
3 tbsp. raspberry jam

1 tin pears
1 tin raspberries
Sherry or wine, if liked

½ pint custard  (recipe follows)
Ingredients for the custard:
1¼ c. whole milk
1¼ c. double cream
1 vanilla pod, slit in half and seeds scraped out (or, 1 t. vanilla extract)
6 egg yolks
3 tbsp. caster (or, in the U.S., super fine) sugar
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