Chocolate truffles are a real luxury. I do like the ones by Charbonnel and Walker but I have to say now that we are trying to budget it does seem very indulgent to be spending over £10 on a small box of chocolates. So this year I have been experimenting with making my own.
I had seen a recipe for homemade chocolate truffles in one of my Christmas books but I've always skimmed over it as I somehow assumed it would be very difficult and something that could only be done by Master Chocolatiers (whatever they are!). However it is actually the simplest thing ever and they are totally delicious. It is also much cheaper than buying them from a shop. This recipe cost me £4 to make and makes 20 truffles.
Home Made Chocolate Truffles
340ml pot of extra thick double cream
300g dark chocolate
2 tbs rum (this is optional. You could leave it out or you could substitute brandy or even champagne)
Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in the microwave (this took me about 2 mins).
Whilst the chocolate is in the microwave put the cream into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
Mix the chocolate and cream together well and leave in the fridge for approx 1 hour
Take out the mixture and scoop out into small ball shapes (they don't need to be perfectly round) and put them onto some baking paper. Return to the fridge to chill for another hour.
By now the truffles should be fairly hard - you can take them out and dust them off with some cocoa or roll them in hundred and thousands or edible glitter. I happened to have some edible silver spray so I gave mine a dusting of that to give them a bit of a festive shimmery look.
They are delicious and rich and would make a wonderful and inexpensive Christmas or birthday present.