After I made the Yule Log, I got the Christmas treat making bug :-), my friend visited me the other day and she was mentioning all the goodies she plans to make with her kids to gift folks. I figured I would make something special for her, my first time making chocolate truffles and it was a success, they were so good, I had to take them to her house quickly as it was hard to stop nibbling. I made the truffles with a lovely whisky called The Laddie Ten, made by Bruichladdich Distillery on The Isle of Islay.
Even dietitians enjoy sweet treats over the holidays and did you know that on average most folks only gain 0.8 lb over the holidays per The National Institute of Health, my friend @eatingpermitRD - Julie tweeted this yesterday. I say enjoy this time of year and the tradition of baking with friends and family gift most of it and eat what you want on Christmas day its just a day :-)
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream
- 8 oz of good quality dark chocolate a minimum of 70% cocoa
- 2 tablespoon of whisky
- 1/4 cup of cocoa powder for coating the truffles
- bring the cream to a simmer, takes a while
- once it is slightly bubbling remove from heat, mix in the whisky
- add to chocolate that has been broken into small pieces in a mixing bowl, slowly stir and allow it to melt and become a smooth paste. This is called ganache.
- once mixed, let it cool and put into the refrigerator for 2 hours
- remove and use a small spoon to take a little out at a time and roll into balls gently placing onto a baking sheet with grease proof paper, try not to handle too much, it melts fast
- coat the balls in cocoa powder
- allow to sit in fridge until needed.
The little orange in the picture with the candle and fruits is called a Christingle I used to make this as a child in The Church of England at the holidays, the candle would be lit and we would walk around the church. This one was made with Jasmine stay tuned for more details :-)
So if your looking for an easy last minute gift for a dear friend why not give this a try they will give you a hug for it.