Homemade Chocolate Truffles

I have wanted to try making my own confectionery for a while, since watching a BBC program about it but I think I was still a little bit daunted by the task. This weekend however, my husband and I had a Saturday to ourselves (does not happen enough) so I decided it would be a fun thing for us to do together, both making and eating.

I wanted to start with one of the simpler sweets so I went for Homemade Chocolate Truffles and here is how we did it:

Ingredients

For the truffles

  • 200g of Dark Chocolate (with 70% Cocoa)
  • 200ml of Double Cream
  • 35g of Unsalted Butter

For decorating

  • Chocolate Vermicelli
  • Crushed Pistachios
  • Cocoa
  • Ground Almonds
Homemade Chocolate Truffles
Homemade Chocolate Truffles

Method

  1. Break the chocolate up into a bowl and set aside
  2. Put the butter and cream into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted and the cream begins to simmer
  3. Then pour the cream mix over the chocolate and stir until the mixture is combined and smooth
  4. Place the mixture into the fridge and leave to cool for around 4 hours
  5. Once cool you can make your truffles
  6. To start placed all of your toppings onto plates so the truffles can be easily rolled
  7. Take a teaspoon of the mix and gently roll into a ball using your hands (you may want to wash your hands in very cold water before doing this)
  8. Then roll your truffle in your desired topping until it is well covered
  9. Then place them in a tin one by one until all of the mixture is gone
  10. I would recommend cooling them for a further 30 minutes or so as they get quite sticky when being rolled
  11. Then you can enjoy them or keep them for a friend!

These Homemade Chocolate Truffles came out amazingly! Of course they look homemade but I think that actually makes them look and taste better. The process of making them is also fun and messy and could be a great thing to do with the kids during the Christmas holidays!

I have to admit after eating the first one, I said “uh that’s too bitter” but I then also went on to eat 5 more so that tells its own story. Ans I still have half left to enjoy this afternoon!

The truffles rolled in ground almonds were the weakest as this did not really add any enhancing flavour to the truffle so I do not think I will make this one again. I will however be making them again and would like to experiment with different flavours in the truffles. Possible Orange or Baileys…

I also think I will be making them again as they make the perfect presents when wrapped up in display boxes! So friends beware… homemade truffles are coming your way!

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