Chocolate hazelnut truffles

So much decadence and deliciousness in this quick, four-ingredient recipe!

Chocolate truffles sound like a real posh treat don’t they? It wasn’t until I tested them out that I realised they were probably in my top 5 of easiest sweets to make ever!

This recipe uses only four ingredients: pure chocolate, cream, hazelnut chips and unsweetened cocoa powder. But the great thing about truffles is that you can let your imagination run wild and have lots of fun with them! You can replace the hazelnuts with almonds or pistachios, or mix in desiccated coconut or dried fruit bits, or why not caramel shards for the ultimate decadent treat?! So many ideas came to my mind as I was making these so I know I will definitely be testing out different flavours in the near future!

As truffles need such few ingredients, allow yourself to make those ingredients good quality ones. Truffles are all about the chocolate so use good quality, pure chocolate. I used a 55% dark couverture chocolate, but you can use a darker chocolate for a more intense chocolate flavour if you prefer that. Or a milk chocolate if you are not a fan of dark chocolate – but note you will need to reduce the amount of cream in your recipe for milk chocolate truffles as they are already much creamier.

As chocolate truffles are so quick and easy to make, they definitely make the perfect sweet treat for those days when you have people coming round but no time to prepare a longer dessert or if you just fancy a little pick-me-up with your afternoon coffee!

RECIPE (makes around 25 truffles):

INGREDIENTS:

200g good quality, dark chocolate (I used 55% Callebaut chocolate)
200g full fat cream
100g hazelnut chips
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

METHOD:

1. Place the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Heat up the cream in a heavy sauce pan on medium heat. When it starts to simmer, pour it over the chocolate. Allow the cream and chocolate to sit for a few minutes before stirring to melt.
2. Once the chocolate is fully melted, pour in the hazelnut chips, give the mixture a final stir and place it in the fridge until it sets. This should take between 1 – 2 hours. It is set when the mixture is solid, but still soft enough to roll into balls.
3. Once the truffle mixture is set, scoop out individual portions with a teaspoon and roll each portion in the palm of your hands to form round balls. Note that this can get messy as the truffles are sticky!
4. Pour the cocoa powder on to a large plate and roll the truffles in it, making sure to coat them completely in the powder.

The truffles are ready, hope you enjoy them!

*Truffles can be kept at room temperature for 2 to 3 days when stored tightly or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. They taste better at room temp so if storing in the fridge, take them out 30 minutes before serving.

Did you try out this recipe? Any questions? Any feedback? Would love to hear from you!

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