Chocolate Truffles for your lover!

These chocolate truffles are so seductive and decadent, they should have featured on this blog around Valentine’s Day. Sadly(or shall I say gladly) I had other chocolate addictions at the time, I made a Chocolate Tart (several times), I made these cute little Chocolate Puffs and I made Colly’s Flour less Chocolate Cake.
So after a whole week of indulging in chocolate treats, I desperately needed food and that is why this recipe stayed behind…….
Maybe it was a good thing, because these chocolate truffles should be the stars of their own show, they do not need to share the stage with any other chocolaty treats. Making your own chocolate truffles should also not be limited to one month of the year only, you should try a different flavor each month! Most importantly however is that giving someone a box of handmade truffles, says “I love you!” in such a decadent and tangible way that it is almost a sin not to try it!
I think it goes without saying that a good chocolate truffle, starts with a really good chocolate and in this case I used Valrhona Chocolate.

 With Valrhona you actually need very little other flavors, because the chocolate has such unique and intense flavors, but chocolate goes well with  orange, brandy, liqueurs, cherries, nuts, caramel, strawberries, in fact if you start playing around you can come up with some pretty awesome creations yourself. Around Christmas time, Jamie Oliver made  deconstructed Chocolate Truffles where you place the different elements for making truffles on your table and allow guests to make their own. I thought it was a brilliant idea, not only because I think people will love making their own truffles, but because I think it is a very creative idea to get families to spend time with each other around a table.
This is my take on the basic recipe I got from Sophia Lindop. In December I had the honor of cooking with her for a wedding and had to make a mountain of these delicious Chocolate Truffles.

Chocolate Truffles

makes about 40 truffles

Ingredients

230gr very good quality chocolate – I used Valrhona
250 ml(1 cup) cream
30 ml(2 Tbsp) butter
30 ml of your favorite booze – kahlua, brandy, Cape Velvet, orange liqueur, kirsch (optional – you can omit this)
200gr (2 cups) good quality cocoa powder

Method
1. Place the Valrhona chocolate buttons in a glass bowl or if you are using other chocolate, break it  up into smaller pieces. The smaller the pieces, the quicker it melts.
2.Pour 200ml of the cream into a small saucepan and over low heat, bring it to the boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate in the glass bowl and leave for 5-10 minutes.
3. Add the liqueur if you are using any.
4. Combine the remaining 50 ml of cream and the butter together. The butter needs to be almost melted to ensure an even mix when it is added to the chocolate.
5. Stir the chocolate and cream mixture mixture until smooth
6. Gently whisk the butter mixture into the chocolate mixture.
7. When the mixture is smooth, let it cool, cover with cling film and place in the refrigerator to set overnight. The chocolate mixture must be so firm that you could form it into balls the next day.
8. When you are ready to make the truffles, remove the mixture from the refrigerator ,sprinkle enough cocoa powder on a plate and dust your hands with cocoa powder before rolling each truffle.
9. Scoop some of the the truffle mixture with a teaspoon and then shape it with your hands into bite-sized balls. Work fast otherwise the chocolate will melt in your hands. Roll into more cocoa powder.
If this is too much trouble for you, try the Jamie Oliver way. it is a a delightfully social experience.

Cook’s Notes

1. You can add small pieces of candied orange peel to the chocolate.
2. For a little bit of a bite, add some chili powder to your mixture.
3. Instead of rolling each truffle in cocoa powder, roll it into some chopped up nuts, such as almonds or hazelnuts.
4. You can add other base flavors to the chocolate mixture in stead of the liqueur,

  • Mint leaves
  • Cinnamon and cardamon (1 cinnamon stick, 2 cardamom pods)
  • Amaretto
  • Almond extract 
My top 3 Chocolate Cake recipes 

 For those of you who do not know, I now have two radio programmes in a week.
Thursday Mornings –   RSG between 9-10 you can listen to me online or if you live here in South Africa you can tune into 100-104FM.
Thursday afternoons Radio TygerbergFrom 3.10 – 3.25. Online you can listen to it here, but if you live in the Cape Town area, tune into 104FM.


This Thursday I will be joining Michael Olivier on the morning Expresso Show just after 7 on TV3 and I will be making my ever popular easy Breyani for you!
That’s all for today, have a fabulous day!

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