Delicious Christmas Recipes: Chocolate Truffles

December 10, 2018

It’s Christmas! And whether you’re looking for a delicious treat for a wintry evening at home or the perfect homemade gift, our chocolate truffle recipe will be just right. Easy to make and as tasty as expensive shop-bought versions, these truffles will soon become a favourite amongst your family and friends.

A simple recipe that can be adapted is perfect when you’re making edible gifts, as you can accommodate all of your loved ones’ dietary needs and preferences. You can adjust the flavours and optional extras to suit your recipients, and create new flavours of your own, too. To make vegan truffles, simply replace the double cream with coconut cream and ensure that your dark chocolate does not contain milk.

How To Make Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients:

200g plain chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids
200ml double cream or coconut cream for vegan truffles
Cocoa powder or desiccated coconut for dusting
Optional Flavouring

This recipe makes around 30 truffles, and can easily be doubled for larger quantities.

Method:

Break or chop the chocolate into a large heatproof bowl.

Pour the cream into a saucepan and bring to simmering point over a low heat.

Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir together until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.

Divide the mixture if you are making different flavoured truffles, and add the flavourings at this stage. Try a dash of cointreau for orange truffles, or rum for a richer taste. Plain truffles are divine, however, so do not worry if you prefer not to add flavouring!

Refrigerate the mixture for a couple of hours to allow it to set, and then use a teaspoon to divide it into small blobs and space these out on a plate. Return to the fridge for another couple of hours.

Shape your truffles by rolling each blob of mixture into a ball in your hands. This should only take a few seconds, but you can coat your hands in cocoa powder if they get too sticky! Roll each ball in a bowl of cocoa powder or desiccated coconut to coat, then return to the fridge overnight.

Presentation is the key to a great gift, so pop your truffles into a cellophane bag or a glass jar and add a beautiful handmade label. Truffles should be kept refrigerated and eaten within three days, so don’t forget to add an ‘eat by’ date to your label!

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