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Cheaters' chocolate truffles
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- Makes Truffles
These little beauties are low-fat, lower in calories and take under 2 hours to make, using just three ingredients... but are as smooth, rich and sinful as the pricey ones! Enjoy with an espresso and a wicked grin. The world need never know.
- 100g plain chocolate
- 50g extra light soft cheese
- 70g icing sugar
Extra cocoa powder for rolling
- Extra cocoa powder for rolling
- STEP 1Beat the soft cheese and icing sugar in a bowl until smooth.
- STEP 2Melt the chocolate (remember, don't place it directly into the saucepan, but melt in a water bath placed ABOVE a pan of boiling water).
- STEP 3Blend the chocolate and icing sugar mixture together and if you want to add any liqueur or other flavouring, now is the time!
- STEP 4Place the mixture in a small bowl and refrigerate for 45 minutes, or until the chocolate is stiff enough to work with, but not completely set. Bear in mind that with added flavourings it may need longer - I made a batch with Amaretto and it needed to chill for an extra 5 minutes.
- STEP 5Using a teaspoon, scoop out lumps of the mixture and roll into balls in your palms. I have put down 15 as a rough estimate but it could be anything between 10 and 20 depending on the size you prefer.
- STEP 6Finally, roll in any coatings you want; cocoa powder is the staple but chopped nuts and melted chocolate are also great... or maybe edible glitter if you're making them with kids!
- STEP 7Enjoy!
- STEP 8These would also work equally well with white chocolate. They make great gifts, alternatives to the Ferrero Rocher pyramid at parties, or even tree decorations, but bear in mind they are best eaten within about 3 days (hence my only giving the recipe for such a small quantity). But trust me, you will be making them again soon...!