Chocolate truffles on a plate, covered in cocoa powder and crushed nuts

Chocolate truffles

  • Easy

These tempting chocolate truffles look impressive but are deceptively easy to make. Try adding Baileys, dark rum or orange essence to make them even more special. They make for a great homemade gift

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Try these homemade chocolate truffles, then check out more edible gift recipes.

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Ingredients

  • dark chocolate 200g good-quality, 70% cocoa solids
  • double cream 200ml pot
  • unsalted butter 25g
  • dark rum or Malibu or Baileys or orange essence or sea salt

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE COATINGS

  • dark cocoa powder
  • dessicated coconut
  • chopped hazelnuts
  • chopped pistachio nuts

Method

  • Step 1

    Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put it in a large bowl.

  • Step 2

    Put the cream and butter into a saucepan, and heat gently until the butter melts and the cream reaches simmering point. Pour it over the chocolate.

  • Step 3

    Stir the chocolate into the cream until you have a smooth mixture.

  • Step 4

    Add any of the flavourings to the truffle mix (or you can just leave them plain). If using alcohol, 1-2 teaspoons should be enough for a subtle hint, but don’t overdo it or the truffles will be too soft. If you are trying orange essence or sea salt, just add a couple of drops or a pinch of salt, then taste the mixture before adding more. Cool and chill the mixture for at least 4 hours or overnight, if you like.

  • Step 5

    Dip a melon baller (or teaspoon) in hot water and scoop out a small ball of the truffle mix.

  • Step 6

    Put the ball on a tray lined with baking paper and repeat, dipping the baller into the water each time to keep it warm so the truffle slides off easily.

  • Step 7

    Put your chocolate truffle coating ingredients in different bowls.

  • Step 8

    Drop the truffles into the bowls one by one and roll until they are completely coated.

  • Step 9

    Put the chocolate truffles on a clean sheet of baking paper in an airtight container and keep them chilled until you want to eat them. They will last 3-4 days in the fridge.

Try these three twists on classic chocolate truffles:

Nutella truffles

These Nutella truffles have a delicious surprise at their centre, in the form of a caramelised hazelnut. This recipe sure sounds impressive, but is actually really simple to achieve.

Nutella Truffles

Baileys chocolate truffles

Treat someone special with these melt-in-the-mouth chocolate truffles, with a boozy kick of Baileys. (Yes, that someone special can be yourself.)

Homemade Baileys Truffles with Chocolate

Peanut butter pretzel truffles

There's so much nutty, crunchy, chocolatey goodness rolled into one bite-sized truffle here – not to mention plenty of moreish sweet-salty flavours. The perfect edible gift.

Peanut Butter Truffles Recipe Peanut Butter Truffles Recipe boxed up and ready to be gifted

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 77
  • Fat 7g
  • Saturates 4.2g
  • Carbs 2.3g
  • Fibre 0.8g
  • Protein 0.7g
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