Velvety Dark Chocolate Truffles

So here it is, my last post of the year…

I’m thinking, why not make it a tribute to one of my best friends – chocolate, dark chocolate – always there for me when I’m feeling down, when I’m feeling happy, when I’m feeling lonely, when I’m in good company. Yes, there is always a good reason to eat chocolate. This recipe is a little experiment I did a couple of weeks ago, prettied up with a little cellophane and few nice ribbons. It’s super easy to make and will put a smile on the face of any chocolate-lover.

Makes approximately 20- 25 pieces

100 ml cream
250g best dark chocolate (70%) – if you’re more of a milk chocolate fan, I’m sure that would work too, or even a mix of both dark and milk
zest of 1 lime or 1/2 orange (optional)
toasted almonds, candied peel, sea salt flakes or other decorations of your choice

Day 1 – Heat the cream up to boiling point in a saucepan and then remove from the heat. Break the chocolate into pieces and add to the cream. Let the chocolate melt without stirring. Once it has melted, mix the chocolate and cream together until smooth. Heat again gently if need be, to melt any lumps. Add the zest of the lime or orange, if using, and stir.

Line a 12 x 18 cm tin/dish (or whatever you have that’s close to that size) with baking parchment. I used two strips, one placed lengthways and the other widthways in the dish (see photo below), to best avoid creased truffles :) Pour in the truffle mix and leave to cool. Cover the dish with clingfilm and place in the fridge overnight.

Day 2 – Turn the truffle block out onto a chopping board. Cut into bite-size pieces. Press the items you choose to decorate your truffles with gently onto the top of each truffle. Store in a cool place.

Loosely based on a recipe in Irma’s Krydderiet

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8 Comments

  1. Posted December 16, 2010 at 7:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    Looks yummy! Just wondering whether you actually believe you are strong enough to give those little cellophane packages away?I’m betting you can’t stop yourself giving them as a present to your favourite foody – yourself;-)

  2. Posted December 16, 2010 at 7:53 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh so wrong, Kirsten. I gave two of the bags away ;-)
    There were a few though that didn’t get as far as the bags…

  3. Donna
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink | Reply

    To die for……..mmmmmmmmmmm….xxx

  4. Lorna
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yummy, will defo try these. Was going to try a similar chocolate truffle recipe this weekend but with a 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint essence – a bit of a rip off at nearly 7 Euro but perhaps it will be worth the effort!

  5. Lina Bluteau
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

    ok I can confirm it, one of those bags made it to my door step (well actually into my boot) as a christmas treat. Thanks again Kerry, I had a hard time sharing it with my husband, but then again, the spirit of the holidays is about sharing, so i did.

    I must say, they are absolutely amazing! TO DIE FOR, or TO KILL FOR. I’m usually not that big on the chocolate orange thing, but those were a perfect combination of yumminess!

    • Posted January 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, m’dear. I’m glad you liked them :) Hope you’re feeling better…

  6. Posted January 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Look fantastic……I will keep in mind

  7. Posted February 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Dark Chocolate is the best! These look sooo good! :D

    xoxox
    Kathleen

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