Sunday, 19 December 2010

Truffles

 If I had known before just how easy it is to make truffles then I would have been making and eating them for years. If you were on my truffle list and haven't received any yet, blame the snow and please accept my apology. Josie and Charlie are making sure that none go to waste. They are quite delicious.


There is a secret ingredient, sour cherries soaked in brandy. However this could quite easily be substituted if you weren't lucky enough to have a friend pick you a bag of sour cherries in the summer and the foresight to soak them in brandy for several months. I think it is just as simpe to buy dried sour cherries and soak them in a tot of brandy, but doesn't bring back memories of stoning them whilst sitting in a deckchair in the garden in the summer sun. The truffles are not expensive to make so if they are for someone special, you could splash out on the best chocolate you can afford. It needs to have at least 70% cocoa though and why not go for fairtrade?

Recipe for Sour Cherry Brandy Truffles

150mls Double Cream
75g 70% Cocoa Chocolate
50g Sour Cherries soaked in Brandy 

Decorations - Cocoa / dessicated coconut / edible gold dust / edible glitter


Finely chop the chocolate and place in a mixing bowl (we used a blender to chop because it was noisier and kept little fingers away from the chocolate). Heat the cream in a pan over a low heat until just before boiling point and then pour over the chopped chocolate. Slowly fold in with a metal spoon until all the chocolate has melted and all is well mixed. Add the chopped sour cherries and mix gently. Place the bowl in the fridge for a couple of hours. During this time you could make some Gift boxes. 
When the mixtures is ready, roll into small balls in the palm of your hand and then roll in which ever decoration you have decided to use.

The truffles need to be stored in the fridge and eaten within 7 days which shouldn't be too much a problem. I doubled to recipe and made 45 truffles, gave lots away and still had to make a second batch the next day.

For the very lovely Bee

2 comments:

  1. I have had the pleasure of eating Susie's truffles and they didnt last long in my fridge !!!! Very yummy and cant wait to make some to give to my friends .....and eat !!! xxx

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  2. I am loving being back in the world of internet and reading your back catalogue of blogs. I see now what I've missed - wise words & truffles. p.s. I still have cherries in the feezer if you want to make a happy new year batch... x

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