Chocolate truffles...

Yes, it's quite easy and quick to make your very own chocolate truffles. What's more - it will cost you a fraction of the price you would have to pay for the hand made chocolates in any of the shops, especially the ones from artisan food producers. Don't understand me wrong, I'm all for supporting independent, small, usually family own and run, local food producers, but sometimes nothing gives you more pleasure and satisfaction than making things yourself, especially when it comes to playing with chocolate!

Yes, making chocolate truffles is rather messy business, and it really pays off when you're "cold handed" like myself - but you know what they say "cold hands, warm heart" :) One advice when making chocolate truffles - do invest in good quality chocolate, it will really be worth it. As the chocolate IS the ingredient here, you really want the good stuff.

These little, indulgent treats are great as a little treat after a meal, or simply enjoyed with a cup of coffee, or tea.

How to make it...

- 185 g good quality dark chocolate, at least 70%
- 50 g good quality semi dark chocolate, 40-45%
- 85 g unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons cream
- little melted dark chocolate for dipping
- coatings of your choice: cocoa powder, crushed pistachio, desiccated coconut, ground almond, colorful sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles...

Gently melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl, over a pan of simmering water. Take of the heat and stir in the butter, little at a time, then add the cream. Put (or pipe) teaspoonfuls onto a baking tray, on a baking parchment. The mixture will be quite soft/runny, but don't worry about that. Place in the fridge to set, approx. 2 hours.
Once set, have the melted chocolate and coatings ready in a small bowls. Take a little of the melted chocolate in the palms of your hands and lightly roll each truffle, shaping it into a little ball at the same time. Toss the truffle into a bowl with your chosen coating and place back onto some baking paper and put back into the fridge to set again.


You may also like:


Chocolate truffle cookies                 Soft chocolate cookies