My last couple of posts have been about my crafty gifts for family members. I am going to try to make everyone's presents by hand this year, and am please at my fairly successful start. On Friday, we saw my sister in-law and her husband for dinner, and she loved her embroidery I may or may not have told her if she didn't like her present, I would cry :). We spent most of Saturday with Dave's parents, as his step-mum's birthday was during that week too. She loved her gardening apron, and said she'd be wearing it in the hosue as she thought it was to good for getting muddy! She's quite the seamstress, so it was a big compliment! As well as the apron, I made her some chocolate truffles, which she also really liked! I quite enjoyed the ones I had too!
makes about 16
200g good quality dark chocolate (mine was 75% cocoa solids)
200ml double cream
1tbsp chocolate liqueur
4tbsp cocoa powder(I used Bournville)
It'll be darker in colour than this, but this way you can see the texture.
- break chocolate into small pieces
- melt in a large bowl (you can use a bain-marie if you want, but I melted it for 5 mins on a medium microwave setting)
- when melted, mix in cream and liqueur
- cover with clingfilm, and put in fridge for about 4 hours(or overnight)
- if left overnight, take out an hour before you want to make the truffles.
- sprinkle cocoa powder in a plate
- roll heaped teaspoons of the mixture into balls
- roll truffles in cocoa powder till lightly coated
- place in paper cases.
They look quite pretty, no?
The good thing about these is that the are simple to make, and you can add lots of things. I made basic ones because they were a gift, and you can't go wrong with dark chocolate, but I'd like to try
- adding 3tbsp chopped crystalised ginger to the mixture
- adding flavoured liqueur - Baileys, orange, maybe creme de menthe.
- adding chopped toasted almonds, and rolling in ground almonds
- rolling in shaved chocolate
- making them with a caramel centre
I sampled a couple of these, and they are very, very tasty!