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Rich Chocolate Truffles

Simple but luxurious, these truffles always impress.

INGREDIENTS

  • 200g double cream
  • 25g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 vanilla pod, split
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 225g dark chocolate

TO DECORATE

  • 75g dark chocolate, grated
  • 60g white chocolate
  • holly and berry sugar sprinkles

EQUIPMENT

Baking tray lined with baking parchment

METHOD

  1. Pour the cream into a small saucepan. Add the sugar, cinnamon stick, vanilla pod, orange zest and salt. Heat gently until the cream is hot but not boiling. Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for at least 1 hour.
  2. Finely chop the dark chocolate and tip into a mixing bowl. Gently reheat the cream until boiling, and strain though a fine sieve onto the chocolate. Leave for 1 minute, and then stir to combine into a smooth paste. Leave to cool, then cover and chill until firm.
  3. Using your hands and a teaspoon, roll the paste into cherry-sized balls. Arrange on a lined baking tray and chill again for 15 minutes.
  4. Tip the grated chocolate onto a large dinner plate or baking tray.
  5. Drop a truffle into the grated chocolate, and roll it gently, to coat it in chocolate. Repeat with the remaining truffles and leave to set firm.
  6. Store the truffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Bring to room temperature before you eat them.

COOK'S TIP

For an alternative topping, turn your chocolate truffles into mini Christmas puddings. Use steps 1-3 as above. Melt the white chocolate. Use a teaspoon to add a small amount of white chocolate to one of the truffles. Use a fork to tease the chocolate so it drips down the sides. Decorate with holly and berry sugar sprinkles and leave to set. Repeat for the rest of the truffles.

Makes: 25 - 30

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