This is a very rough guide on how to make chocolate truffles. I have made white chocolate truffles before, but not dark chocolate ones, so this was a trial run as I plan to make some for Christmas presents.
I used a truffle recipe from the BBC Good Food site, just a plain recipe which can be tweaked by adding various flavours.
First you chop up a couple of bars of dark chocolate:
You could whizz the chocolate chunks into finer pieces in a food processor if you like.
Next, heat double cream and the unsalted butter over a low heat in a saucepan:
When the mixture is just about to start simmering, take it off the heat and pour it over the chocolate bits. Mix well to melt the chocolate and combine the ingredients together.
If your mixture looks like mine, don't worry – according to a few recipes, the mixture might look like it has 'split' but it will taste fine. Next step is very important - choose your flavouring. You can use liquid flavourings like orange essence or peppermint oil, or dry like chilli powder. Or you can use a liqueur.
I split the chocolate mixture into two bowls, and added about a tablespoon of alcohol to each bowl. Stir well to mix it in, cover the bowl and leave to chill for a few hours.
A few hours later (or even better, overnight), use a teaspoon or melon-baller to scoop up small amounts of the mixture and shape into balls. Place the truffles onto a baking tray covered with greaseproof paper (which I couldn't find - tin foil works as well). Once all the mixture has been made into balls, you can roll them in cocoa powder:
I could've done this for hours - it's quite relaxing. Once the truffles are coated with cocoa, leave them on the paper/foil-covered tray to chill again, ideally overnight, so that they firm up nicely again.
I have also just made milk chocolate truffles, and I left out the butter, and they worked just as well.
Before you dash off to have a go at making these gorgeous truffles don't forget to have a look at Kittyballistics Facebook page where you can see her beautiful pieces of jewellery made from buttons and beads, or read more on her blog here.
Many thanks Kitty.