Amazing DIY chocolate truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Serves 50

  • 300 ml double cream

  • 1 knob unsalted butter

  • finely grated zest of 1 clementine

  • 300 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into small pieces

  • 1 pinch sea salt

  • 1 splash brandy

  • 1 handful mixed nuts, (Brazil nuts, toasted almonds and hazelnuts)

  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, to serve

  • 1 pack biscotti, to serve

  • 1 bottle Vin Santo, to serve

Put the cream in a pan over a medium heat and let it heat up. You don't want it boiling, just hot. As soon as tiny bubbles start to appear, add the knob of butter and the clementine zest. Once the butter has melted, pour this hot mixture over the chocolate pieces, whisking as you go, so the chocolate melts nice and slowly. If the mixture splits slightly, don't worry, you can bring it right by adding a splash of boiling water.



Add a pinch of salt to the mixture; it may sound bonkers, but the smallest pinch of salt actually makes chocolate taste even chocolatier! Stir in a splash of brandy.

Once completely melted and smooth, pour your melted chocolate mixture into a nice little serving dish or bowl. Pop this in the fridge for about 2 hours to set. Christmas is a busy time so you can always do this a few days before you need it if you want. About 30 minutes before you're ready to make your truffles, pull the bowl out of the fridge and let the chocolate warm up to room temperature.



Put your mixed nuts into a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to bash them up quite finely. Get some little saucers or bowls and put the nuts in one and your cocoa powder in the other. Put a teacup filled with boiled water on the tray and pop a few teaspoons in there for scooping the chocolate. Get everyone around the table to spoon their own truffles out of the serving dish and roll them in cocoa powder, crushed nuts or anything else you fancy. Or, you can let them smear their truffles over a biscotti like some posh Nutella! Serve with a few glasses of your chilled Vin Santo.

Nutritional Information

Amazing DIY chocolate truffles

Scrumptious deconstructed chocs, perfect for parties

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The beauty of this truffle recipe is that your guests can get involved and make their own
Serves 50
30m (plus cooling time)
Super easy
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Method

These are deconstructed chocolate truffles and if you arrange this nicely on a table, put a few cocktail sticks next to them and let people get stuck in and make their own, I'm telling you, you'll have some excited guests. It's interesting, it's different and to be able to make your own truffle is really quite cool, not to mention delicious. It's worth remembering that chocolate is friends with lots of different types of booze so, if you prefer, you can swap out the brandy here for rum, whiskey or red wine.

Put the cream in a pan over a medium heat and let it heat up. You don't want it boiling, just hot. As soon as tiny bubbles start to appear, add the knob of butter and the clementine zest. Once the butter has melted, pour this hot mixture over the chocolate pieces, whisking as you go, so the chocolate melts nice and slowly. If the mixture splits slightly, don't worry, you can bring it right by adding a splash of boiling water.

Add a pinch of salt to the mixture; it may sound bonkers, but the smallest pinch of salt actually makes chocolate taste even chocolatier! Stir in a splash of brandy.
Once completely melted and smooth, pour your melted chocolate mixture into a nice little serving dish or bowl. Pop this in the fridge for about 2 hours to set. Christmas is a busy time so you can always do this a few days before you need it if you want. About 30 minutes before you're ready to make your truffles, pull the bowl out of the fridge and let the chocolate warm up to room temperature.

Put your mixed nuts into a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to bash them up quite finely. Get some little saucers or bowls and put the nuts in one and your cocoa powder in the other. Put a teacup filled with boiled water on the tray and pop a few teaspoons in there for scooping the chocolate. Get everyone around the table to spoon their own truffles out of the serving dish and roll them in cocoa powder, crushed nuts or anything else you fancy. Or, you can let them smear their truffles over a biscotti like some posh Nutella! Serve with a few glasses of your chilled Vin Santo.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 70
    4%
  • Carbs 2.4g
    1%
  • Sugar 2.0g 2%
  • Fat 6.1g 9%
  • Saturates 3.7g 19%
  • Protein 1.0g 2%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 300 ml double cream

  • 1 knob unsalted butter

  • finely grated zest of 1 clementine

  • 300 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into small pieces

  • 1 pinch sea salt

  • 1 splash brandy

  • 1 handful mixed nuts, (Brazil nuts, toasted almonds and hazelnuts)

  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, to serve

  • 1 pack biscotti, to serve

  • 1 bottle Vin Santo, to serve