Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine Truffles



Nothing says 'I love you' like these chocolate truffles. Give them to your loved one this Valentines day.

Ingredients (makes 24)
180g white chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup thickened cream
1/2 teaspoon strawberry essence
Pink food colouring
180g milk chocolate, chopped
Pink heart sprinkles, to decorate
 
Method
1. Place white chocolate and cream in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium-high (75%) for 1 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring with a metal spoon after 1 minute. Stir in essence. Tint mixture pink with food colouring. Cover. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours or until firm.
2. Line a tray with baking paper. Roll heaped teaspoons mixture into balls. Place on tray. Freeze until firm.
3. Place milk chocolate in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium-high (75%) for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring halfway during cooking with a metal spoon, or until melted and smooth. Using a fork, dip truffles in melted chocolate, shaking off excess. Return truffles to tray. Top each with a pink heart. Refrigerate until set. Serve.  

Variation
For coffee truffles, replace white chocolate with dark chocolate, adding 1 tablespoon extra cream to mixture. Omit strawberry essence and food colouring. Stir in 1 tablespoon Kahlua Mocha liqueur at the end of step 1. Replace milk chocolate with dark chocolate. drizzle with 50g melted white chocolate (optional).

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