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For some reason a number of groups who booked private cookery parties with us last month wanted to make chocolate truffles…don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining, it’s a win win in my opinion – we get to share all our chocolatey knowledge and have some serious decorating fun all in the same session. The only thing we’d say is don’t give them all away, save (at least) a few for yourself!
A chocolate truffle is basically a piece of pure chocolate heaven, traditionally made of a ganache centre, it’s outer shell can be finished in a variety of deliciously different coatings. You can also flavour the actual ganache to make it that little bit more different, I’ve tried Chocolate Orange, Mint Chocolate and Rum but my favourite has still got to be the original dark chocolate.
Truffles make fantastic presents, when you see the lucky recipients beaming smile just don’t tell them how easy they were to make! So have a go and we’d love to see how you get on – why not post a picture to our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/RedHenCookerySchool and share your beautiful creations.
280g good-quality dark chocolate , 70% cocoa solids
284ml pot double cream
50g unsalted butter
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, Pepperminy, Coconut Rum or the zest and juice of an Orange), or leave plain. Cool and chill for at least 4 hrs.
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 greaseproof paper.
3. Coat your truffles immediately after shaping. Tip toppings into a bowl and gently roll the truffles until evenly coated, then chill on greaseproof paper. Try: crushed, shelled pistachio nuts; lightly toasted desiccated coconut, ground almonds; or roll a truffle flavoured with orange zest and juice in cocoa powder. To coat in chocolate, line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. 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.
4. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days, or freeze for up to a month. Defrost in the fridge overnight. 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.