How to make chocolate truffles
For the ganache centres:
- 400g white chocolate, or use dark chocolate for a dark centre
- 300ml whipping cream
- 2tbsp spirit or liqueur, such as brandy, Drambuie or Cointreau (optional)
For the coating:
- 500g chocolate, dark or white, melted and tempered (optional)
This chocolate truffle recipe is so simple and can be made with just four ingredients in five easy steps. In this easy recipe, we've made dark chocolate truffles with a white chocolate centre, to balance out the creamy filling with a rich chocolate shell. 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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- Melon baller, or teaspoon
- Chocolate-dipping spiral, or 2 forks
Step 1To make the ganache mixture for the centres of your chocolate truffles, 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.
Step 2Shape the white chocolate 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.