Last minute gift: Christmas truffles


Christmas truffles. This post is directed to all of you last minute shoppers who don’t have a clue what to buy the relatives and have left it to the 24th (again) to do the dreaded trip into town. Socks for dad it is then?
Christmas pudding truffles

What could be better than a dollop of (possibly squashed) chocolate truffle in your stocking?

Not this year! I came across the perfect Christmas present recipe – truffles! Everyone loves a little ball of gooey chocolate joy. Thanks this fantastic ‘make your own’ idea from a fellow foodie, my dad buying dilemma is over. I made so many, I had truffles bursting out of my ears.. With well enough for the whole family and all my friends and even a few enemies (it was xmas eve, I was in the pub and feeling the love).

christmas truffles

Little parcels of Christmas joy (or good, cheap last minute fix)

You can make the truffles in a few hours, package them up and voila! A thoughtful Xmas gift involving only one trip to Sainsburys.

I created my own take on this great little recipe, after being inspired by fellow journo Monica and another food blog. It really is incredibly simple, economical and very delicious. Be warned however, these things are quite intense and there’s probably about five million calories per blob. They are definitely worth it though- and the idea after all is these little fat-laden parcels away as presents, they are not for you to gorge on remember.

Right. Lets get cracking, time is ticking. Here is my truffle recipe,

Ingredients:

  • Makes: (about) 70 Truffles
  • 600g Dark chocolate
  • 600ml Double Creme
  • 6 Tablespoons, unsalted butter
  • Coatings:
  • (do as you please) I went for…
  • White chocolate
  • Cocoa powder
  • Coloured Icing (to make your chocolates into mini Christmas puddings!)

Method:


  1. chocolate

    Resist from the chocolate squares, save yourself for the final result.

    Break up the chocolate into pieces and put in a bowl.

  2. Heat the creme and butter on a medium heat and bring to the boil.
  3. When the mixture is ready, pour on top of the chocolate and mix together.
  4. Extras: At this point you can also throw in some alcohol or some crumbled up Christmas pudding (if you like that sort of thing…)
  5. Leave to stand for five minutes.
  6. Whisk the mixture for two minutes until smooth.

    A brisk whisk does the trick.

  7. Cover and put in fridge until it has hardened (around two hours)
  8. When ready, spoon out little blobs of chocolate. You can use a melon baller/ice cream scoop to help you, if not just use your hands.
  9. Toppings: Pour out some cocoa powder on a plate and roll a truffle in that.
  10. Grate some white chocolate or use icing sugar- get creative with it all!

    Christmas pudding truffles

    Christmas pudding truffles require: white chocolate, coloured icing and a steady hand, oh and someone with a bit of self control

  11. Christmas pudding truffles: melt some white chocolate and with a teaspoon carefully put a bit on top of your truffles to create the ‘flowing custard’ effect.
  12. Leave to cool for a minute. To create the holly, use ready made coloured icing (bit of a cop out!), knead it, roll it out and then create the leaf shapes using a sharp knife. Roll out little red ‘cherries’ and place them all on top of the white chocolate. Amazing.

Packaging:

I bought the dinky cupcake holders in Marks and Spencers. You can probably buy them elsewhere though.

We begged a few friendly chocolatiers to kindly give us a few truffle bags: worked.

Thank you Mr Chocolatier for our free truffle bags.

christmas truffles

If you can't blag a free bag, make your own!

Alternatively,Clinton Cards sell some clear plastic sheets that you can use to wrap up some chocolates in. Secure with a ribbon.

Outcome

Taste: As said before- very rich, but tastes great. Guaranteed to feel sick if two or more is eaten in a row though.

Cost: Very economical Christmas presents

Looks: Really professional, we were very smug about the whole thing. The Christmas puddings ones look especially good.

christmas truffles

Finally a Christmas pudding I'm willing to eat.

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2 Responses to Last minute gift: Christmas truffles

  1. stickington says:

    These were truly awesome!

  2. Charlotte Black says:

    Thank you so much for my truffliscious Christmas present, they were literally the nicest truffles ever, the M&S truffles that I ate after didn’t even come close! What can I say, these weren’t just any truffles, these were truffles from muffles! xxx

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