Having so much time on my hands from being in between jobs, I decided to spend some time on doing something I really like; playing with food! FYI – that’s my word for cooking :) And yesterday I felt like something chocolate-y… Chocolate truffles, to be exact! It’s insane how easy it is to make these delicious clumps of heaven, and I want to share my recipe with you guys :)
This is what you’ll need;
300 grams of bitter chocolate (70%)
8 tablespoons of whipping cream
unsweetened cocoa powder
Break up the chocolate in small bits, and put them in a heat resistant bowl. You’ll need to melt the chocolate first, “au bain marie” style, so put the bowl into a pan filled with boiling water and stir until the chocolate has melted into a creamy, clumpless mass. Heat up the whipping cream until it’s lukewarm, and add it to the chocolate. Stir this until the mass is even. It might look a bit off at first (light brown liquid with dark bits), but that’s okay, you just need to stir it some more until it becomes smooth and semi-liquidish. Because it’s too liquid to work with, the chocolate mass will have to stiffen in the refrigirator. This will take approximately 60 minutes, depending on the size of your bowl.
When the mass has stiffened enough to be shape-able, you can start making balls from it, either with your hands or by using two teaspoons. The latter option will make them a bit more messy looking, which I personally prefer :) Take a plate, and put a good layer of the cocoa powder on it. Roll the ball of chocolate mass through the cocoa and voilà… A truffle is born! After you’re done, you can put the truffles in the fridge for another hour or so, because the chocolate mass has probably melted a bit. They’re best served at room temperature though, so take the truffles out a little while before serving them!
A little goes a long way with these guys, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your diet ;) And remember… Chocolate is good for you! Bonus feature; you can get as creative with these truffles as you like! Want nuts? Add them! Coconut instead of cocoa? Go crazy! The only limit here is your imagination :)
I hope you’ve enjoyed the recipe, and if you decide to make it, let us know how they turned out!
Love, (and chocolate!),