By : Serene Fong
14 April 2016
Delicious and irresistible, sweet treats are the perfect dessert for parties or sleepovers! Chocolate truffles – named after the earthy, dirt-fungus they resemble – are rich and delicate and make a wonderful and luxurious gift for someone special (including yourself).
Now with this recipe, you can make them in the comfort of your kitchen and enjoy the fresh, rich flavour of homemade chocolate truffles.
Ingredients (to make 10-15 servings):
• 150g (6 oz) dark chocolate
• 150ml (5 fl. oz) cream
• 25g (1 oz) unsalted butter
• Dark cocoa powder, to dust
Bittersweet chocolate and cream make up the basic ganache for the truffles
1. Put a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and make sure the bowl does not touch the water.
2. Break the chocolate into small pieces and put them in the bowl.
3. Next, add the cream and butter and stir the mixture until all the chocolate has melted.
4. Take the saucepan off the heat. Take the bowl off the saucepan and leave it to cool for a few minutes.
5. Carefully pour the melted chocolate into a plastic container. Put the lid on the container and leave it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours.
6. Remove the container from the refrigerator and roll small balls of the chocolate truffle mixture in your hands. Try not to hold the mixture for too long as it will start to melt.
7. Roll each ball in cocoa powder until well coated.
8. Store the truffles in a container in the refrigerator until they are ready to be eaten!
Some tips for you!
• As you are scooping the ganache, work quickly or else the ganache will get too warm and start sticking to the scooping device and your hands. This will reduce the amount of chocolate for your truffles. If necessary, make them in batches and put the bowl back into the fridge to re-chill before starting again.
• Use the best chocolate you can find. If you are going to make decadent chocolate truffles, do not skimp by using the cheaper and sweeter brands.
• Experiment with different flavours
o Stir in small amounts of flavouring (like liqueur) after the ganache is prepared but before it is cooled in the fridge.
o Boil flavourings into the cream. Get creative by using different tea flavours like chai or earl grey, or even instant coffee crystals. You can also boil in jam or add herbs to the cream and then strain it before adding to the chocolate.
o Another good way to add flavour is to stir it in with the butter, but this only works for flavourings with butter-like consistency, like peanut butter.
Have fun choosing the flavourings and coatings for your own personalised chocolate truffles. Try crushing peppermint candies, toasted coconut, or finely chopped pecans, almonds, pistachios, or other nuts.
If you have never made truffles before, give it a try – you will be surprised by how easy it is.
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