300g good-quality dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
300ml pot double cream
50g unsalted butter
Break the chocolate into small pieces and tip into a large bowl. Pour the cream into a saucepan, add the butter and heat gently until the butter has melted and the cream reaches simmering point. Remove from heat, then pour over the chocolate. Gently stir the chocolate and cream together until you have a smooth mixture.
At this stage add any flavourings you require to the truffle mix (divide the mixture between bowls and mix in different liqueurs or other flavourings, a tsp at a time, to taste. Try bourbon, Grand Marnier, coconut rum or the zest and juice of an orange), or leave plain. Allow to cool then chill in the fridge for at least 4 hrs. To shape the truffles, dip a melon baller in hot water and scoop up balls of the mixture, then drop the truffles onto greaseproof paper.
Coat your truffles immediately after shaping by tipping your chosen toppings into a bowl and gently rolling the truffles until evenly coated, then chill on greaseproof paper. The most popular toppings include chopped pistachios, hazelnuts or almonds, lightly toasted desiccated coconut or just a plain dusting of cocoa powder. If you want to coat them in chocolate, line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. 100g of melted chocolate will be enough to cover 10 truffles. Allow your chosen chocolate to cool slightly then use a fork to pick up one truffle at a time and hold over the bowl of melted chocolate. Spoon the chocolate over the truffle until well-coated. Place on the baking tray, then chill.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days, or freeze for up to a month. Defrost in the fridge overnight. To give as presents, place 8-10 truffles in individual foil or paper cases inside small, lined boxes tied with ribbon. Keep in the fridge until you’re ready to give them.
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