Making Chocolate Truffles
Truffles. Mmm, the very word conjures up thoughts of rich dark chocolate covering a whipped smooth ganache centre that melts on the tongue, creating ripples of delight causing you to close your eyes and greedily lick your lips in expectant pleasure.
It’s rather disconcerting then to discover that truffles get their name from their similarity in appearance to a dark knobbly fungus that grows underground!
The best – and most expensive – truffles are made with the finest ingredients, and require the skill of a chocolatier to create. We’re not trying to compete with that but we do have recipes for very simple and delicious truffles that you can make at home.
TrufflesMakes about 20
- 2½ oz unsalted butter
- 4 oz cake crumbs (Madeira is good)
- 1 oz drinking chocolate
- 2 oz caster sugar
- 2 oz ground almonds
- Extra drinking chocolate for covering
Put the extra drinking chocolate in a plastic bag and toss the truffles in it until completely coated. Place in individual sweet paper cases.
Rum TrufflesMakes about 25
- 4 oz icing sugar
- 4 oz digestive biscuits
- 4 oz dark chocolate
- ½ oz butter
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 - 3 tablespoons rum
- chocolate vermicelli
Break up the chocolate and place in a bowl with the butter. Put the bowl over a pan of hot water. Don’t let the bottom of the bowl touch the water. Leave to melt, stirring occasionally.
Remove the bowl from the pan and stir in the sieved icing sugar and biscuit crumbs. Add the egg yolk and beat well. Add rum. Leave to stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
Roll into truffle-sized balls and then roll in the vermicelli until coated. Place in sweet paper cases.
Rich TrufflesMakes about 24
- 6 oz best quality dark chocolate (with a high percentage of cocoa)
- 1 oz unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon double cream
- 2 egg yolks
Roll into balls. Put some cocoa in a small plastic bag and toss the truffles until completely coated. Place in sweet paper cases.
- 14 oz best quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- ½ pint double cream
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 8 oz best quality milk or white chocolate or half of each
Remove the cream from the heat and pour in the melted chocolate. Stir to combine. While you’re doing that put the butter to melt and then add it to the chocolate and cream. Whisk until you have a paste you can roll into small balls.
Melt the milk or white chocolate (in a bowl as above). Roll the balls in the melted chocolate to coat and then sprinkle generously with cocoa. When set, place in sweet paper cases.
- The better the quality of your ingredients, the better your truffles will be.
- Roll your truffles in cocoa, vermicelli, grated chocolate, or finely chopped nuts.
- Before you start, cover a chopping board with clingfilm. When you’ve rolled and coated your truffles, place them on the covered board to set before placing in the paper cases.