Christmas-y Treats: Homemade Chocolate Truffles.

With Christmas coming up, I feel like making lovely things for me and my loved ones. Just spoiling ourselves with yummy treats is the very best way to get through the dark days before Christmas.
A few days ago I was thinking about a fun thing to make myself, something that wouldn’t be too hard, but it had to be really yummy, so I came up with the idea of making my own chocolate truffles.
Truffles are something you can experiment with endlessly, you can use different types of chocolade, fill them with lovely fillings or wow people with the outsides of them.

I want to share this (amazing) recipe with you that was inspired by the wonderful mister Jamie Oliver.

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Let’s get going with the recipe!

What you’ll need:

Ingredients:
-250 grams of dark chocolate
-125 milliliters of double cream
-25 grams of unsalted butter
-1 teaspoon of cocoa powder (+ some extra)
-some biscuits
-a teaspoon of cinnamon
-a handful nuts (pistachios, cashews or whichever nuts you prefer)

Extra’s:
-a knife
-a cutting board
-a (heat resistant) bowl
-a pan
-a wooden spoon or a spatula
-a tablespoon

Step one:
Chop your chocolate into little chunks and put them in your bowl.

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Step two:
Put the double cream and butter together in a pan and bring it to a simmer. Once you’ve done that, take it off the heat and pour it in with your chocolate chunks.

Step three:
Add a teaspoon of cocoa powder to your chocolate, cream and butter and mix all of it together with a spoon/spatula. Once you’ve got a smooth mixture, put the bowl in the fridge for at least two hours let it set.

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Step four:
Here’s when you can go and freestyle a bit. Time to make some lovely toppings!
Crush the biscuits with a knife and add a pinch of cinnamon to the crumbs.
Crush the nuts till you’ve only got crumbs left. Add a pinch of cinnamon and some candied fruits (you can leave these out if you can’t get your hand on them) and mix it together.
Crush your pistachios.
Lay all your toppings out on a surface so they’re ready to use.

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Step five:
Take the tablespoon and scoop out some of your chocolate ganache. Put some cocoa powder in the palms of your hands (so the ganache doesn’t stick as much) and shape the ganache into a little ball.
Now, it’s time for the really fun part of this proces: time to decorate!
Roll your ganache ball through one of the toppings you made earlier and let them be beautiful (and tasty!).

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And that’s all there is to it! As I said, you can endlessly experiment with different kinds of flavours, which makes these truffles all the more fun to make!
Next to all the crazy (so, so crazy) toppings I used, I also made some standard chocolate truffles, by just rolling your ganache through some cocoa powder, easy but delicious!

I will definitely make some more truffles for Christmas (because Lord, they’re yummy!) and hope you might try it too! If you do, don’t hesitate to send me a picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Have a lovely rest of the day and don’t forget to enjoy every moment as much as you can!


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