Elle’s Chocolate Truffles

Hi all,
I spent all day doing these today – the reason it took so long? Well you try melting loads of chocolate and not sampling!
Makes 36 (if you have enough will power not to eat any along the way – otherwise make extra)
2 bars of cooking chocolate (at least 75% cocoa solids)
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
2 tablespoons of golden syrup
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
50ml of double cream
1 tablespoon of liqueur (I used Kirsch, but you can use brandy or whatever alcohol you like)
50ml ground almonds
2 heaped tablespoons of Nutella
OK so literally put all the above ingredients except the essence, the cream and the ground almonds in a heat proof bowl and placed the bowl over a bain marie (saucepan of hot water). Make sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Leave the mixture and just let the ingredients melt in the bowl. This should take about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile sort out your decorations – for example;
To decorate:
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of spiced sugar
2 tablespoons of dessicated coconut
2 tablespoons of chocolate vermicelli


Decorations ready to go!

I would have used more chocolate decorations, but I have just found out that my dearest mother who came to visit me the other day, borrowed my chocolate decorations, as she “had better use for them”. She came over earlier to visit this morning, to help me with my “little experiment”. Also another reason why it took so long to make these truffles. Just as well I made extra!!
By now the lovely chocolate goo should look like this…

When it gets to this stage, just give it a quick stir with a spoon
When it gets to this stage, just give it a quick stir with a spoon
Now add the cream and your choice of alcohol to the melted mixture, it should look something like this…
Now add the cream.
Now add the cream.
You should give the mixture another quick stir and leave to heat up again for another 5 mins. Then remove from the heat and immediately stir in the ground almonds, like so…
The next stage
Now stir the mixture again and set aside to cool. Once cool place in the fridge for 30 mins or until the mixture is almost set. Now all you have to do is make 36 truffles – just roll into little balls, either by hand or scoop out of the bowl with a little teaspoon if you don’t want to get too messy.  Then roll them into your choice of decorations.  I used some coconut, cocoa powder and some left over chocolate flakes.  Place the decorated truffles into petit four cases and place these onto a baking tray, as shown below…

The Finished Product

They are now ready for the final cold blast – place the truffles in the fridge and allow to set for another 30 mins or long as you and your mother can resist LOL.
When fully set, you can box the truffles up in  some pretty gift boxes lined with greaseproof paper.  I just used some Lock n Lock as Mum was travelling home. Mum took a large sample home and Dad called to say they liked them very much.  So hopefully you will too. Have a go and let me know.
By the way, if you have any left over decorations, why not do the following?…
Left over cocoa powder and desiccated coconut?
Left over cocoa powder and desiccated coconut?
Add the left over cocoa, coconut in a small jar, add some spiced sugar and stir.  You can use this as a really nice hot chocolate drink mix – waste not, want not!
Enjoy 🙂

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