Easy chocolate truffles
- Preparation and cooking time
- plus 4 hrs chilling
- Makes 50 (easily doubled or halved)
Chocolate truffles, beautifully wrapped in boxes, will put a smile on anyone's face – and they're so easy to make
- STEP 1
Chop the chocolate and tip 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 flavourings to the truffle mix at this stage (divide the mixture between bowls and mix in liqueurs or other flavourings, a tsp at a time, to taste. Try bourbon, Grand Marnier, coconut rum or the zest and juice of an orange), or leave plain. Cool and chill for at least 4 hrs.
- STEP 2
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 baking parchment.
- STEP 3
Coat your truffles immediately after shaping. Tip toppings into a bowl and gently roll the truffles until evenly coated, then chill on baking parchment. Try: crushed, shelled pistachio nuts; lightly toasted desiccated coconut; or roll a truffle flavoured with orange zest and juice in cocoa powder. To coat in chocolate, line a baking tray with baking parchment. 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.
- STEP 4
To give as presents, place 8-10 truffles in individual foil or paper cases inside small, lined boxes tied with ribbon. Keep in the fridge until you’re ready to give them. Will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for three days, or frozen for up to a month. Defrost in the fridge overnight.
KEEP YOUR COOL
It will be much easier to roll or shape your truffles if your hands, and the kitchen you're working in are both at a cool temperature. If you find it's really hot or that the the truffle mix is becoming overly soft and difficult to work with, try piping the mixture instead.
Don't overheat the cream, if it's boiling when you pour it onto the chocolate it could make the mixture seize and become grainy.
ADD TO TASTE
When you're adding the flavourings, do taste it as you go and add more until you're happy – adding just a teaspoon at a time of fruit juices or liqueurs or a drop at a time if you're using stronger flavours like peppermint extract.
If you're rolling the truffles in chopped nuts, cocoa, desiccated coconut or other dry ingredients, do so immediately after shaping so that they are sticky enough to pick up the coating. However, if coating in melted chocolate, chill the truffles briefly in the fridge after shaping.
CHOOSING YOUR CHOCOLATE
The type of chocolate you select will directly effect how sweet or bitter the final result is. A chocolate with a very high cocoa solids percentage will create a bitter, dark chocolate truffle.