Baking and making sweets or chocolates is one of my little boys’ favourite treats – in fact, they find it almost as good as actually eating them.
They’re very enthusiastic – but aged only three and four, so simple, straightforward recipes are a must – chocolate and sugar sticky kitchen worktops and floors are definitely NOT favourites of mine.
This easy chocolate truffle recipe got a huge thumbs up from me (limited mess and washing up), the kids (fun and had chocolate in it) and Dad (the truffles are actually delicious).
To turn our chocolate truffles into novelty Easter gifts for friends and family, we decorated them with colour sugar vermicelli to give them a “spring look”. Why not experiment with different coatings to give your truffles a look to match the season, occasion or even your outfit!
If I’m being honest, the results were way above my expectations, although you might want to try the recipe peacefully on your own before letting your kids join in.
Word of warning:
If you decide to cook with children, as always make sure an adult is present to do anything that calls for anything sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.
So, it’s time to tie up your apron strings and gather the ingredients.
To make about 40 chocolate truffles you will need:
- 225g / 8oz of plain chocolate roughly chopped
- 175g / 6oz of unsalted butter chopped
- 60ml / 4 table spoons of double cream
- 100g / 4oz of icing sugar
- 75 / 3oz of grounded almonds
- Cocoa powder, icing sugar and chocolate or coloured vermicelli to coat the truffles
Paper cases for sweets or petit fours
To make the chocolate truffles:
- Melt the butter and chocolate together in a bowl placed over a saucepan of hot water or in the microwave, stirring with a wooden spoon
- Remove from the heat, stir in the cream then gradually stir in the sugar and almonds
- Cover and leave to cool in the fridge for a few hours or if time allow overnight
- Form the mixture into small balls. Roll them in your hands – the warmth of your hands will slightly melt the chocolate and allow the coatings to stick
- Roll each ball in one of the coatings and place in paper cases. Chill in the fridge until firm…
Eat your truffles up – as they do not contain any preservatives or additives, they will only keep for a few days. Even I couldn’t dream up a better excuse to eat lots of chocolate!
If you don’t have the time or the inclination to make your own chocolate truffles, why not check out our range of chocolates? (they are not home made but still delicious!).