Friday, 15 January 2010

Recipe of the Week 1 - Dark Chocolate Truffles

What better way to end the week than with a yummy recipe to try out over the weekend? Following on from yesterday, today's recipe is for basic chocolate truffles. Feel free to experiment with this by adding flavours such as liqueurs or oils or try with a different variety of chocolate and decorate with nuts.

200g Good quality 70% Dark Chocolate
175ml Whipping Cream
2tblsp Unsalted Butter
Cocoa, for dusting

  • Very finely chop the chocolate and place in a large, heat proof bowl
  • Warm the cream over a low heat, stirring continuously until it comes to a rolling boil
  • Pour cream over the chocolate and leave to stand for 2 minutes
  • Gently whisk the cream and chocolate until the chocolate has completely melted and there are no lumps (if the chocolate doesn't melt, warm in the microwave for no more than 5 seconds at a time, stirring in between)
  • Add the butter gradually and continue to whisk until it has all melted into the chocolate and you are left with a smooth, glossy ganache
  • Leave to stand for 2 hours until cool and firm
  • Taking a teaspoonful of ganache at a time, roll into a ball, toss in a plate of cocoa powder and place on a sheet of grease proof paper to set for a few minutes
  • Store in an air tight container and consume within 3 days.

Enjoy :)

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