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Dark Chocolate Truffles
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For a real indulgence, try these rich truffles, which need only a few ingredients and are very simple to make. The only problem is having to give them away - so make plenty. For a pretty gift idea, pack them in ice cream cornets, wrapped in Cellophane and coloured paper.
Makes: Makes 45-65 truffles
The truffles should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep for up to 10 days. Dust with a little extra cocoa powder or icing sugar from a sieve or tea strainer before serving to freshen them up.
For milk or white chocolate truffles, simply replace the plain chocolate with 300g Waitrose Organic Milk Chocolate or Waitrose Organic White Chocolate.
More ways with truffles:
You can vary the truffles by adding other flavourings:
For alcoholic truffles, add 75ml rum, brandy, Calvados or any other alcohol you like to the ganache before allowing to cool and set. Generally, the rougher the alcohol the better, as 'fine' alcohols tend to get lost in the depth of flavour of the chocolate.
If you feel confident working with chocolate, you can very gently melt about 175g chocolate and dip the truffles in it before rolling in the cocoa powder or other coatings. This helps the coating stick and gives the truffles a contrasting 'crunch' as you bite into them. A chocolate coating will also help them to keep longer.
This recipe was first published in November 2003.