Mother's Day Truffles
Running out of ideas for Mother's Day? Make mom something simple and homemade from the heart - Homemade Chocolate Truffles! Add a personal twist by adding ribbons or pretty paper to a few and serve in a colorful bowl. Follow up this delightful treat by adding a night stay in ANY room at HideAway Country Inn for only $99.00. Chocolates and a getaway, it doesn't get much better than that!
10 oz good-quality dark chocolate ,minimum 70% cocoa solids
10 fluid oz- double cream/heavy cream
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1.Chop the chocolate and tip into a large bowl. Put the cream and butter into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter melts and the cream reaches simmering point. Remove from heat, then pour over the chocolate. Stir the chocolate and cream together until you have a smooth mixture.
At this point you can add the flavoring of your choice- test for taste. A few drops go a long way in adding flavor.
Cool and chill for at least 4 hrs.
2.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. Or lightly coat your hands in flavourless oil (such as sunflower) and roll the truffles between your palms. You could also use a piping bag to pipe rounds onto non stick paper.
3.Coat your truffles with you choice of toppings immediately after shaping. Tip toppings into a bowl and gently roll the truffles until evenly coated, then chill on non stick paper. You can use cocoa, chopped nuts ( pistachio look good), confectioners sugar, chocolate vermicelli or fine coconut.
4.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
This recipe is adapted from the recipe pages of Waitrose, a great UK foodstore.