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How To Make Chocolate Truffles At Home

Want the indulgent feeling of chocolatey heaven without splashing the cash on decadent truffles in the supermarket? At home, you can create your very own smooth, luxurious, and tasty truffles as a sumptuous snack, gift, or light pudding.

Our recommendations for truffles to make at home include truffles that use left-over cake which means less waste and a uniquely delectable texture, or a whole range of dairy-free truffles that don’t scrimp on taste or experience! 

For an easy-to-follow recipe, you should check out Sally’s Baking easy to follow method and video. Create your own mouth-watering “balls of ganache” to be enjoyed by the whole family or as a treat for a loved one! 

 

Why Make Chocolate Truffles at Home?

Chocolate truffles may look elegant in presentation, but the secret is, they are so easy to make! A typical truffle recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients. These include chocolate, cream, vanilla extract, and the extra goodness that comes from your chosen flavourings. 

Here is an extra simple recipe which recommends at least 62% cacao as high-quality chocolate adds to the taste and texture! By using organic cream or cashew cream, the end product will be silky smooth and ooze creamy goodness. 

Ingredients

Basic truffle ingredients 

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate (high quality, 62% cacao or higher), finely chopped 
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Optional base flavorings: 

  • Mint leaves (1 bunch, stems removed, chopped, about 1 cup) 
  • Cinnamon and cardamon (1 cinnamon stick, 2 cardamom pods) 
  • Amaretto (1 to 2 tablespoons) 
  • Almond extract (1 teaspoon) 

Truffle coatings 

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • Finely chopped walnuts
  • Finely chopped almonds 

Method

Step 1 - Heat the cream to a simmer

In a small saucepan bring the heavy whipping cream to a simmer, making sure to stir and scrape down the sides with a spatula every few minutes). If you are using a liquid flavouring, stir it in with the cream. If adding mint or other solids for flavour, remove the cream from the heat add the flavur solids and let steep for an hour. Then strain away the solids, and return the cream to a simmer. Proceed with the recipe.

Step 2 - Make the ganache

Place the chocolate in a separate bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Add the vanilla (if not using a different flavoring in previous step), and allow to stand for a few minutes. Then, stir until smooth.

Step 3 - Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate

Allow the ganache to cool to room temperature. Then, place in the refrigerator for two hours.

Step 4 - Roll into balls and chill overnight

Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Use a teaspoon to scoop out balls of the ganache. Roll in your hands quickly (as it will melt from the heat of your hands) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator overnight.

Step 5 - Roll in cocoa powder or your choice of coating

If not serving right away, keep the coated truffles covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For the best flavor and texture, let truffles come to room temperature before serving.

Spike Your Truffles with a Little Something

If you’re feeling fancy, why not add your favourite tipple into the mix? Whether that’s whisky, gin, champagne, or Chambord; this can add a touch of magic and bring the party to the snack! Iconic and popular truffles that utilise a hint of alcohol for good measure include Charbonnel et Walker , Hotel Chocolat, Montezumas, and more.

Store Your Truffles Correctly

Fresh, homemade chocolate truffles can last on average anywhere between 2 weeks to a few months. Homemade Hooplah recommends storing in the fridge for their chocolate truffle recipe and states that they can last up to 6 months. This is a great way to bulk make your favourite treats and to share them over a period of time with a coffee or glass of fizz. Enjoy! 

 

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