They are really very easy to make and you can customize them to have any flavour you fancy… These ones are Amaretto & Cherry. But I also have a great recipe for Spicy Orange & Rum ones. The recipe below is very rough since I dont ever measure anything!
- 3 x 100g bars of dark chocolate (Sainsbury basics 30p bar, roughly 50% cocoa, but 70% is also great).
- 3-4 tablespoons coconut cream (I use this instead of butter or cream)
- 3-4 tablespoons Disaronno
- 3 teaspoons almond essence
- 2-3 tablespoons honey
- Dried Morello Cherries (or any dried fruit)
- flaked almonds or dessicated coconut for coating
- cocoa powder for rolling
- tiny truffle cases
- Melt your chocolate very gently in a pan (or bain marie, or in microwave in a tupperware)
- once its all melted, slowly add the coconut cream and stir in, the mix should go dark, smooth and glossy
- now add the Disaronno, almond essence and honey
- mix together well, the consistency should be thick (this is called ganache)
- put the ganache in the fridge for 2-3 hours to set
- meanwhile, gently toast the flaked almonds or dessicated coconut in a non-stick frying pan or under the grill. This happens VERY quickly, so don’t walk away, watch it the whole time and shake the pan so it all gets a little golden. Then you can crush the almonds a little so they are in small peices which will stick to the outside of the truffle.
- once the ganache is cooled it should be thick enough that you can only just push a spoon in there and scoop out a blob. (if too hard, you may need to melt again and add more coconut cream, if too soft, you may need to melt again and add more chocolate.)
- press a dried cherry or two into your blob of chocolate and roll in the cocoa powder, then roll gently in the palm of both hands into a ball, the cocoa powder should stop the ganache sticking to your skin.
- now roll the ball in the nuts until completely coated and put in a case
- carry on until all the ganache is used up! Your hands should be quite messy by this point!
- Put the truffles back in the fridge to harden up again, since they may be a little soft after rolling in your warm hands.
- After an hour or so, they are ready for eating, firm and chewy! Eat within about 3-4 days… if they last that long =D