Christmas Recipes: Edible Gifts – No 4 of 8 – Chocolate Truffles

Christmas recipe yields: 2 dozen

Calories per truffle: 65

Preparation time: 30 – 60 minutes.

Cooking time: 0 minutes.

Suitable for freezing

Ingredients of the Christmas recipe:

Truffle mix:

  • chocolate, dark, natural or milk 225 g (8 oz)
  • double cream, 3 fl oz (75 ml)
  • brandy, 3 fl oz (75 ml) or rum, orange liqueur, coffee liqueur, coconut liqueur

Rolled truffles:

  • cocoa powder
  • chopped nuts
  • coconut, dried or grated
  • chocolate noodles or grated chocolate to roll

Dipped truffles:

  • chocolate, plain, milk or white (350 g (12 oz) or a mixture of all three

Holiday recipe instructions:

  1. Truffle Mix: Add the cream to the grated chocolate and melt in a bowl over boiling water, stirring until smooth. Let cool and thicken.
  2. Add the alcohol of your choice and beat until the mixture is strong enough to stay ‘lifted’ when the whisk lifts a strand of the mixture. Then put the mixture in a shallow can (covered) and chill until firm.
  3. Rolled truffles: Place a teaspoon of truffle mix on a tray dusted with cocoa powder and roll into a ball. Alternatively, you can substitute cocoa with grated chocolate, chopped nuts, coconut, or chocolate noodles. Chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
  4. Dipped Truffles: Roll truffle mixture into 1 inch (2.5 cm) balls and freeze overnight until rock hard. [If you wish you could push some edible decor into the balls before cooling, such as nuts, ginger or cherries.]
  5. Prepare some melted chocolate over boiling water. If you can, check that the temperature is in the range of 46-49 degrees Celsius (115-120 F) or for white chocolate, 43 degrees Celsius.
  6. Taking two or three truffles at a time, use cocktail sticks to dip them into the melted chocolate before placing them on nonstick paper. Transfer to a refrigerator to chill for at least two hours to set. Repeat for the remaining truffles.
  7. Present the truffles in paper cases and store in boxes. Store in a refrigerator for up to ten days.

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