Valentine’s Day coffee and chocolate truffles

chocolate-coffee-trufflesStuck for what to give your other half on Valentine’s Day? These chocolate and coffee truffles are simple to make and will be enthusiastically received by coffee lovers. As there’s no real cooking involved, even kitchen novices will be able to whip up a batch without too much trouble.

You’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons very strong fresh coffee, made from freshly ground coffee beans
  • 140ml double cream
  • 200g good quality plain chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids. It’s worth buying the best chocolate you can find for this recipe.
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • 100g good quality cocoa powder

First, break the chocolate into as small pieces as possible. You can do this by chopping it with a sharp knife, or by breaking the chocolate into chunks and blitzing it in a food processor for a few seconds.

Put the coffee and cream in a pan, and heat them together gently until the mixture is just boiling, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Take the pan off the heat, and stir in the chocolate and butter. Keep stirring the mixture continuously until it’s completely combined and the chocolate has completely melted. Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl, then put it in the fridge for about half an hour until it’s set but not hardened.

Sieve the cocoa powder onto a plate or chopping board. Carefully run a teaspoon over the surface of the truffle mixture to collect a roughly oval-shaped piece. Roll the truffle in the cocoa, then put it on a plate. Repeat until you’ve used all the mixture. These can be made up to a week in advance, and kept in an airtight box in the fridge. When required, transfer to a gift box or decorative plate or bowl.

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