If the true meaning of Christmas is giving gifts which credit you with the greatest amount gratitude for the least amount of effort, then these truffles are a winner.
Preparation time: 30 minutes plus 2 1/2 hours cooling and setting time
Skill level: Easy although there is a knack to making them a uniform size and shape
- good quality plain chocolate – 110g
- good quality milk chocolate – 110g
- double cream – 175ml
- icing sugar, cocoa powder for rolling
- icing sugar for dusting
Break up the chocolate and place in a large glass mixing bowl. In a milk pan bring the cream to a boil and pour over the chocolate. Mix until the chocolate has melted.
Allow the mixture to cool uncovered at room temperature. This should take 1â€“2 hours.
Cover a large heavy chopping board in cling film.
When the mixture has set, scoop out a truffle-sized lump with a teaspoon and roll into a ball in the palms of your hands. This starts off being a bit tricky, but after half a dozen odd shaped truffles, you should get the hang of it.
Immediately roll in a coating of your choice (icing sugar, cocoa powder or finely chopped nuts).
Place on chopping board to set.
Verdict: These are VERY rich and much better than anything you can buy commercially. You can also add a slug of your preferred spirit to the truffle mixture.
Drink: Best done sober.
Entertainment: “I know you’re antiseptic, your deodorant smells nice. I’d like to get to know you but you’re deep frozen like the ice. He’s a germ free adolescent, cleanliness is her obsession. Cleans her teeth ten times a day, scrub away scrub away scrub away the S.R. way…. You may get to touch her if your gloves are sterilised. Rinse your mouth with Listerine, blow disinfectant in her eyes. Her phobia is infection, she needs one to survive. It’s her built-in protection, without fear she’d give up and die.” etc.