Treat that special someone Christmas with these delicious coffee and chocolate truffles. They cost a fraction of the price of their shop bought counter parts, taste amazing, are super easy to make and homemade gifts always show that you care.
Make sure you use cooled espresso from your commercial, traditional or domestic coffee machine for the best gourmet coffee flavour!
Ingredients: 8oz of good quality dark chocolate minimum 70% cocoa solids – chopped into small pieces 120ml double cream 28g unsalted butter – chopped into cubes 2 tablespoons cooled espresso 100g of cocoa powder – sweetened or unsweetened to taste Finely chopped nuts – optional
Method: Place double cream and butter into a pan and place on a medium to high heat Heat until the butter has melted and the cream begins to boil then remove the pan from the heat Place your chopped dark chocolate into a heatproof bowl Pour over the cream and butter mixture and leave for 30 seconds so that the chocolate begins to melt Stir the chocolate and cream together slowly until smooth, if all of the chocolate has not melted then place in the microwave for a few seconds until completely melted Add 2 tablespoons of cooled espresso Cover the bowl with cling film and place in the fridge overnight to allow the mixture to firm Once the coffee chocolate truffle mixture is has been chilled until firm, use a spoon take a small amount of the mixture and place into the palm of your hand and roll the mixture into a ball Place the ball into the cocoa powder (you could also use finely chopped nuts, shredded coconut, shaved chocolate or even melted cooled milk chocolate to contrast with the flavour of the dark chocolate, it is entirely down to personal preference) and place onto a plate Repeat the process until all of your coffee chocolate truffle mixture has been used Store your coffee chocolate truffles in the fridge where they should keep for around 2 weeks
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