I steered away from a Christmas Cookie recipe this week and instead opted for a Christmas treat that can also be given as a gift: Truffles. There are several ways to make Christmas truffles, the traditional method seems to be just a simple mixture of cream and dark chocolate with perhaps some flavouring in it. I've always known truffles to have some kind of alcohol flavouring in it, so that's what I went for. It seems the best concoction comes from almost a 1:1 ratio of cream (in ml) to dark chocolate (in grams). This recipe is a mixure of different recipes I researched on the web for this week. I also decorated my truffles whereas the traditional presentation seems to be to roll them in chopped nuts, flaked chocolate or coconut. Any opportunity to make things pretty!
150ml heavy cream
200g dark chocolate (70%)
20g unsalted butter
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp rum or brandy
Place cream in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add vanilla extract, stir then take off heat and let cool slightly. Heat chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water until melted. Beat in unsalted butter and rum until smooth. Add cream mixture and beat until smooth. Place bowl in the refrigerator for several hours until chocolate mixture is firm, but not rock solid. Form into small balls and decorate or roll in nuts, or coconut. Keeps in the fridge for about a week.
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