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How to make homemade chocolate truffles
Make homemade chocolate truffles for a special gift.
Give homemade chocolate truffles- the perfect easy to make gift. You can personalize the flavor of your homemade truffles for a special friend or family member.
These homemade chocolate truffles are simple to make . This easy chocolate truffle recipe can even be made with your children - good family fun !
Right now when everyone is trying to save money, homemade gifts are a really good idea. If you're like me though, the phrase "home made gifts" conjures up images of glue, paste and staple guns- just not my thing I'm afraid!
These home made chocolate truffles really don't need much expertise at all. To make glorious homemade chocolate truffles you need good ingredients and just a very small amount of cooking skill.
I'm going to show you how to make homemade chocolate truffles. I'll suggest variations so that you make a unique gift, personalised for your friends and family. I'll also show you how to package your homemade candies so they look really professional.
Tip for Summer Store the truffles in the freezer and serve like an ice cream- delicious!
Photo thanks to digitalsextant and flickr under the commercial use license.
Make unique homemade gifts by personalising the chocolate truffle recipe
Add a unique flavor to your homemade recipe
The basic chocolate truffle recipe is so easy that children can make it ( with adult supervision)
One of the best things about homemade chocolate truffles is that you can adapt the recipe to make it unique and personal for your loved one. How can I make homemade chocolate truffles? Read on!
Chocolate truffles can be made in all sorts of flavors. For the sophisticated chocolate lover, add a drop of Brandy, Cointreau, Rum or Baileys, if a little liqueur chocolate is your thing.
If you are making homemade chocolate truffles for a gift for mom, add the flavor that you know is your mom's favorite- Baileys, Tia Maria or Bacardi are three great choices.
For nut lovers, roll the chocolate truffles in crushed almonds or pistachios before the truffle sets for a lovely nutty finish.
You can also flavor your chocolate truffles with coconut, orange, peppermint- whatever suits your taste.
If you are making the truffles as a gift, you can make this a personalized gift by customizing the flavor. If you know Granddad loves his Bourbon, add a drop of Bourbon to the truffle mixture. These are magnificent gifts for men who love chocolate ( and I know there are lots of them out there!)
Rum truffles, brandy truffles, peppermint truffles, nut truffles- there's lots of choice whatever you decide to make.
Pick your chocolate truffle recipe, practice a little, then plan your packaging to make these home made chocolate truffles into a really special homemade gift.
I'm giving you my tips on how to make chocolate truffles, then some guidance and ideas about how to package your chocolate truffles to make impressive home made gifts. If you like the look of these homemade candies you might lke to try my homemade peppermint candy recipe .
Have fun making and giving chocolate truffles .
Chocolate truffles need really high quality chocolate - What chocolate do I need to make chocolate truffles?.
If you are going to go to the trouble of making your own chocolate truffles as special gifts, then you must spend the money needed to buy hgih cocoa content chocolate. I suggest minimum 70% cocoa solids for a great, dark , sophisticated taste.
Cheap chocolate or cooking chocolate will just not give you the quality you need.
Don't skimp on the quality of the chocolate.
If you want to you can start with a ready flavored chocolate such as Lindt's Orange chocolate that simplifies the truffle making even more, but make sure you use a top of the range chocolate with natural flavorings.
You can make a white chocolate truffle for a change, if you prefer the taste of white chocolate. A mixture of dark and white truffles also looks great in a presentation box.
This is very dark for those who like their chocolate very strong.
Package your home made chocolate truffles in appealing boxes and bags - You can buy packaging for every occasion to make your Truffles look really special.
Look out for the very smaller size cupcake papers. These I recommend are just 1 1/4 inch diameter. Anything else is really just too big for a rich chocolate truffle.
Package in a pretty Festive box for the Holidays,or tie in a clear bag with festive ribbons.
You can use a plain cello bag and make your own ties.
Give as a thoughtful homemade gifts, or take round to friends when you visit.
How to make Homemade chocolate truffles - Here's your basic homemade chocolate truffle recipe
Home made chocolate truffles beautifully presented in a gift box.
Photo thanks to ulteriorepicure and flickr creative commons
280g/10 oz good-quality dark chocolate ,minimum 70% cocoa solids
284ml pot double cream(UK)/ heavy cream(USA) ( approx 10 fluid oz US )
50g/ 1/2 stick unsalted butter
1.Chop the chocolate and tip into a large bowl. Put the cream and butter into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter melts and the cream reaches simmering point. Remove from heat, then pour over the chocolate. Stir the chocolate and cream together until you have a smooth mixture.
At this point you can add the flavoring of your choice- test for taste. A few drops go a long way in adding flavor.
Cool and chill for at least 4 hrs.
2.To shape the truffles, dip a melon baller in hot water and scoop up balls of the mixture, then drop the truffles onto greaseproof paper. Or lightly coat your hands in flavourless oil (such as sunflower) and roll the truffles between your palms. You could also use a piping bag to pipe rounds onto non stick paper.
3.Coat your truffles with you choice of toppings immediately after shaping. Tip toppings into a bowl and gently roll the truffles until evenly coated, then chill on non stick paper. You can use cocoa, chopped nuts ( pistachio look good), confectioners sugar, chocolate vermicelli or fine coconut.
4.Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days, or freeze for up to a month. Defrost in the fridge overnight. To give as presents, place 8-10 truffles in individual foil or paper cases inside small, lined boxes tied with ribbon. Keep in the fridge until you're ready to give
This recipe is adapted from the recipe pages of Waitrose, a great UK foodstore. For more great chocolate truffle recipe ideas from Waitrose, look here
Take a look at some more wonderful chocolate truffle recipes from the experts - Try these great chocolate truffle recipes.
The top chefs all love chocolate truffles, Delia Smith, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson- all of them know that this is a homemade gift that punches above its weight.
- Delia Smith's chocolate truffle recipe
Delai Smith always tell you the best way to make great food, and this chocolate truffle recipe is brilliant. For Delia's chocolate truffles you use a food processor- take a look and see if this is the chocolate truffle recipe for you.
- Jamie Oliver's Amaziing DIY chocolate truffle recipe
The Title "amazing diy chocolate truffle recipe! "is Jamies- typical Jamie! You can rely on Jamie Oliver for fantatstic recipes, and this chocolate truffle recipe is great.
- Basic Dark Chocolate truffle recipe from Allrecipes
Allrecipes is always a good place to look for your basic recipes, and this simple chocolate recipe is easy to make.
- Lindt USA, the chocolate experts chocolate truffle recipe
Ths chocolate masters at Lindt give you their take on chocolate truffles
- Chocolate truffles from all recipes USA
If you like a sweet chocolate truffle, this recipe made with condensed milk for USA weekend columnist Pam Anderson could be the one for you.
- Gordon Ramsay's mint chocolate truffles.
I've just seen Gordon Ramsay on TV making these great chocolate truffle with his kids. I thought I'd share this recipe with you all!
- Nigella Lawson's dark chocolate truffle cake
A whole chocolate truffle cake, over the top in true Nigella style. Absoultely scrumptious. Obviously there is much more work in this receipe than making a simple chocolate truffle candy, you I thought you might be tempted.
Show off your home made chocolate truffles with professional looking packaging - Candy cups and candy boxes will make your truffles into a great looking gift.
If you want to show your home made chocolate truffles to their best advantage, you can spend a little extra on foil candy cups, shiny presentation boxes and ribbons.
If you really want to save money, my tip is to save used boxes from candies or other items that you have bought or received, then recover these boxes with gift wrap to recycle them. I use doilies to line old boxes. Doilies make a lovely lace like liner to a recycled box
Readers in the UK can buy these great little presentation bags from Amazon.co.uk.
Great value cello bags for your chocolate truffles
You get 100 bags for under $7 , making this a great value way to present your homemade gift.
UK readers please click on the link above to buy your little cellophane bags to show off your chocolate truffles.
Here's one little gadget that makes your chocolate truffles really neat - A melon baller is a really useful tool for homemade candy makers
When your truffle mixture is ready, you can use a melon baller to scoop up a truffle sized piece of mixture. Drop the piece of truffle onto your hand to finish and shape it.
If you do this, all your chocolate truffles will be the same size. Neat!
This melon baller has two sizes, and is a really useful item for any kitchen
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If you want to dip your truffle in melted chocolate to coat it, these tools are so helpful.
You can use this tool set for coating anything in melted chocolate. For Christmas try cherries, orange slices, marshmallows....use your imagination and these tools for a perfect chocolate coated finish.