Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Recipe: Apricot and Coconut Truffles

As mentioned on yesterday's blog, this week I'll be posting recipes from the second edition of Devnaa's free recipe booklet 'Sugar & Spice'. Here's part 2, apricot and coconut white chocolate truffles. These innocent treats are easy to make, completely vegetarian, low in sugar and do not contain any alcohol, there's no reason not to try them! :)

Following on from the date and orange truffles inspired by Mum, I thought I would try something similar with dried apricots as they are another popular Indian flavour. Dried apricot can be quite tart and I find that the coconut in this recipe softens that sharpness beautifully and the creamy sweetness of the white chocolate is delicious! These complement the date and orange truffles really well so I’d suggest make a batch of each and serve them together, your friends will be delighted!

100g Soft, Dry Apricots (pitted)
1 tblsp Double Cream
2 tblsp Desiccated Coconut
100g White Chocolate (roughly chopped)

  • Place the apricots in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until they are soft enough to mash
  • Place the softened apricots in a blender with the cream and coconut
  • Pulse until the mixture has turned into fairly smooth, thick paste
  • Divide this mixture into about 12 equal pieces and roll these into smooth balls
  • Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted, runny and glossy
  • Dip the apricot balls in chocolate to cover, do not worry if they are not perfect, and then transfer them to a plate lined with greaseproof paper
  • Keep the extra chocolate aside
  • When the dipped truffles are dry to the touch, warm the excess chocolate from before until it is glossy and runny again
  • Dip the truffles a second time to ensure a fairly even coating of chocolate
  • Transfer to greaseproof paper to set and garnish with chopped pistachio nuts or extra desiccated coconut to decorate
  • Allow to set in a cool place, serve at room temperature.
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