We don’t know about you but one of our favourite parts of Christmas is getting to tuck into lots of delicious choccy treats! Our chocolate truffles are something Iain would usually be whisking up in the Cookery School at this time of year as a festive homemade treat. The recipe is very quick and easy and only has 3 ingredients! Indulge in these truffles yourself or perhaps wow your friends and family and gift them as a Christmas present. So, what are you waiting for get baking!?
What You Need…
- 300g Dark Chocolate (good quality 70% cocoa solids)
- 300g Double Cream
- 50g Butter
What You Do…
Place the chocolate into a large bowl
Put the cream and butter into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter melts and the cream reaches simmering point
Remove from heat, then pour over the chocolate. Stir the chocolate and cream together until you have a smooth mixture
Add any flavorings to the truffle mix at this stage (divide the mixture between bowls and mix in liqueurs or other flavorings, a tsp at a time, to taste. Try bourbon, Grand Marnier, coconut rum or the zest and juice of an orange), or leave plain
Chill until the mixture sets firm
To shape the truffles, dip a melon baller in hot water and scoop up balls of the mixture, then drop the truffles onto greaseproof paper. Or lightly coat your hands in flavourless oil (such as sunflower) and roll the truffles between your palms. You could also use a piping bag to pipe rounds onto greaseproof paper
Coat your truffles immediately after shaping
Tip toppings into a bowl and gently roll the truffles until evenly coated, then chill on greaseproof paper
Try: crushed, shelled pistachio nuts; lightly toasted desiccated coconut; or roll a truffle flavored with orange zest and juice in cocoa powder.
To coat in chocolate, line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Melt 100g milk, dark or white chocolate for 10 truffles. Allow chocolate to cool slightly. With a fork, pick up one truffle at a time and hold over the bowl of melted chocolate. Spoon the chocolate over the truffle until well-coated. Place on the baking tray, then chill.