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Easy Chocolate Truffles

These chocolate truffles are incredibly straight forward to make, and are an impressive dinner party addition, or purse friendly festive gift. Mary Goodsell believes this recipe is ideal for providing a perfect homemade Christmas gift

SERVES: 12

INGREDIENTS

  • 150g (5oz) milk, dark or white chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 60ml (2fl oz) double cream
  • 15g (½oz) unsalted butter, softened Decorations of your choice

METHOD

  1. Place the chopped chocolate into a heatproof bowl and set aside.
  2. Pour the cream into a small saucepan and add the butter. Heat gently until it almost comes to the boil. Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate.
  3. Whisk them both together until melted, creating a smooth ganache.
  4. Leave to cool completely. Then cover with cling film or a clean tea towel and chill for 2 hours or until the ganache has set.
  5. To shape the truffles, use a small ice cream scoop, melon baller or teaspoon to scoop out balls of the ganache. Carefully roll with your hands to make a smooth truffle ball (you may want to rinse your hands under cold water and dry thoroughly before making these as they will melt quickly from the heat of your hands). Place onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper or into individual mini paper cases and repeat with the remaining ganache.
  6. Let your creativity run wild with the decorations. Chopped hazelnuts or pistachios, desiccated coconut, cocoa or beetroot powder all make showstopping truffle decorations.

Top Tip

  • These chocolate truffles will last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator and for around 4-6 months in the freezer