Homemade chocolate truffles are so simple to make with this easy recipe, which makes dark chocolate truffles with a white chocolate centre. Watch our video to see how easy it really is to make a batch, which would make a thoughtful food gift or sweet party nibble to pass round.
White chocolate contains less cocoa solids than plain chocolate, so the white chocolate filling is softer than you might expect and needs a little more care when coating them - but they are so worth the effort when you bite into that surprise centre.
For flavour, we used Cointreau in the white chocolate filling but you can leave the alcohol out altogether if you'd prefer to make truffles that even the kids can eat!
For a bit of variety, you can experiment with the chocolate - try dark chocolate centres in white chocolate, or coat the white centres in milk chocolate. The combinations are endless.
Per truffle: 93 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat)
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To make the ganache mixture for the centres, break the chocolate into pieces and place in a bowl. Bring the whipping cream to the boil and pour it over the chocolate. Stir the chocolate until itís completely melted. Add the spirit or liqueur, if using.
Chill the mixture until itís firm - itís best to leave it overnight, but it can be used after just a few hours if time is short.
Shape the truffle mixture into balls, either by using a melon baller and then rolling them by hand, or scooping out pieces using a teaspoon. Pop them in the fridge to firm up, then shape into balls.
If you have hot hands, run cold water over them and dry them before you start, so that this stage is less messy. You can also wear food-safe gloves for less mess and smoother rolling. Place the balls on a sheet of baking parchment and chill until firm.
If you want super-shiny, professional-looking chocolate truffles, you will need to temper your chocolate - see our guide for how to temper your chocolate
. If just for family and friends, melted chocolate works just as well and is less fiddly.
Dip the truffles, one at a time, into the tempered or melted chocolate, using the chocolate-dipping spiral, or 2 forks, to turn them in chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip off the truffles over the bowl, then transfer them to a sheet of baking parchment. There may be some chocolate leftover, but itís easier to work with a bit extra to have room to dip the truffles. This extra chocolate can be poured on to baking parchment, then broken into pieces and eaten once itís set.
Leave the truffles in a cool place to set. The truffles will keep for up to a week if kept in a cool place (preferably not the fridge). The truffles are not suitable for freezing.