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Luscious, silky, rich and nutty, these easy-to-make truffles are great as an indulgent end to a meal or as a gift for any occasion. A must try for anyone who loves the combination of pistachio and chocolate. You will be surprised how easy these truffles can be made.
For truffles lovers, we have recipes for dark chocolate amaretto truffles and almond cheesecake truffles.
When recipes have very few ingredients, it's important to choose quality ones. In this recipe we used a Lindt 70% chocolate bar but feel free to use any other kind of quality dark chocolate (Baker's chocolate, Lindt, Ghirardelli, Guittard, Valrhona) you have on hand.
We don't recommend using chocolate chips for the truffles as they don't melt easily. Prepare the chocolate by chopping it finely on a cutting board using a kitchen knife.
These truffles are packed with pistachios. The truffle mixture is packed with them and then again they are coated into finely chopped pistachios. Nice and crunchy!
This recipe start with toasting pistachios to enchanced aroma and makes them crunchy. Spread pistachios in one layer on the baking sheet and toast in the oven on 175°C/347°F for about 8-10 minutes.
Pistachios should start to release aroma and become lightly brown. Once toasted, finely chop on the cutting board or blitz in a food processor.
Place the chopped chocolate into a heatproof bowl then heat the whipping cream on a low heat until it just start to simmer and pour over the chocolate. Leave for 2-3 minutes then stir with a silicon spatula until you get a smooth texture.
If the chocolate doesn't melt completely (70% cocoa chocolate is pretty solid), then place the bowl with chocolate mixture over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until melted.
Add butter and coarsely chopped pistachios and stir again until everything combined. Place the ganache in the fridge for 30-40 minutes to firm enough for rolling.
Now, it's fun part of rolling the truffles. Place finely chopped pistachios into shallow bowl or plate. Take the chocolate ganache from the fridge, measure one teaspoon and roll into ball between your palms as best as you can.
Roll the truffle in chopped pistachios and place on a tray. Repeat with the rest of the ganache. You can serve truffles immediately - if not keep the truffles in the fridge until serving.
It's the best to keep the truffles in a storage container between sheets of baking paper and store in the fridge for about 1 week. For the best texture and flavour take out from the fridge 30 minutes before serving.
Freeze for up to 2 months, then defrost overnight in the fridge.