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:
For the truffles
- 200g of Dark Chocolate (with 70% Cocoa)
- 200ml of Double Cream
- 35g of Unsalted Butter
- Chocolate Vermicelli
- Crushed Pistachios
- Ground Almonds
- Break the chocolate up into a bowl and set aside
- Put the butter and cream into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted and the cream begins to simmer
- Then pour the cream mix over the chocolate and stir until the mixture is combined and smooth
- Place the mixture into the fridge and leave to cool for around 4 hours
- Once cool you can make your truffles
- To start placed all of your toppings onto plates so the truffles can be easily rolled
- 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)
- Then roll your truffle in your desired topping until it is well covered
- Then place them in a tin one by one until all of the mixture is gone
- I would recommend cooling them for a further 30 minutes or so as they get quite sticky when being rolled
- 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!