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Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles with a ‘Free From’ Alternative
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cup good-quality dark chocolate 300g
  • 1 cup double cream or dairy free alternative 230 ml
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup 20g
  • Cocoa powder or any other coating of your choice

Instructions

  1. Place the cream and the golden syrup in a saucepan over a medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  2. In the meantime, grate your chocolate or give it a minute in the mixer to make sure it is chopped as finely as possible and reserve in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the hot creamy mixture over the chocolate, ensuring it is submerged and put aside for 20 seconds.
  4. Whisk all the ingredients together, starting at the centre of the bowl and gradually stirring it all together until blended.
  5. Let it cool at room temperature for fifteen minutes before transferring to the fridge until firm (a couple of hours).
  6. Scoop out portions of the mixture with a teaspoon and roll into balls with your hands.
  7. Roll in coatings of your choice. Enjoy!
  8. You can keep the truffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Recipe Notes

For ‘free from’ truffles, make sure your dark chocolate and cocoa powder are dairy and nut free. You can also use a cream alternative (‘Oatly Organic’ works well).

Coating ideas: cocoa powder, desiccated coconut, sesame seeds, chopped hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashew or pecan nuts. You could also crush biscuits of your choice, roll the truffles in tempered chocolate or even use whole hazelnuts in the centre of your truffles.

For truffles with a twist or to liven up a dinner party, you could have a go at my insect ones.

If you are looking for a more conventional twist, why not try chilli truffles? Just add ¼ teaspoon hot chilli powder to the cream.

For salted chocolate truffles, add ½ teaspoon sel de Guérande or crushed Maldon sea salt flakes to the mixture and mix well before leaving it to cool.

You could flavour your truffles with two tablespoons of rum or brandy. Just add the alcohol to the mixture before and stir well before leaving to cool.