These homemade chocolate truffles are a breeze to make and need only a handful of quality ingredients. These decadent sweets makes ideal food gift.
Who can resist rich dark chocolate truffles and their amazing chocolate flavour and smooth texture? Our chocolate truffles scented with Amaretto will satisfy even the most demanding chocolate lovers.
The best part is, they are so easy to make and you will need a handful of quality ingredients for making them. These truffles makes a great food gift - just wrap them in some celofan paper and tide with some ribbon.
If you are chocolate truffles lover be sure to try our recipes for chocolate pistachio truffles, almond cheesecake truffles and refreshing lemon truffles.
For these homemade truffles you'll need a few basic ingredients - DARK CHOCOLATE, HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM, BUTTER, AMARETTO LIQUEUR and COCOA POWDER.
The most important thing for making good chocolate truffles is to use quality dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa solids (55% - 70% cocoa). In this recipe we used a combination of Nestle Dessert Noir chocolate bar with 52% cocoa and 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 milk chocolate as it is sweet and you will not get rich chocolate truffles. Both heavy whipping cream or whipping cream will work well in this recipe - just be sure that it has at least 33% milk fat.
Don't forget to add butter as it makes the truffles super creamy. Instead of Amaretto, you can use your favourite liqueur (Kahlua, Grand Marnier, Frangelico or Rum) or a tablespoon of vanilla extract or leave it out altogether.
Making these chocolate truffles is super easy once you have the ingredients ready. First prepare DARK CHOCOLATE BAR by chopping it on a wooden board using a kitchen knife then place it in a heatproof bowl (we love this Pyrex glass bowl).
HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM should be warmed to the boiling point then poured over the chocolate. Leave this for a few minutes then stir until chocolate is completely melted. Finally add BUTTER and a few tablespoons of AMARETTO and stir to combine. You should get rich chocolate ganache which will later turn into delicious chocolate truffles. Keep the ganache in the fridge for at least 2 hours - it should harden enough to be scooped.
We wanted to make this recipe quick and easy, so we rolled the truffles into cocoa powder. The best choice for this recipe is unsweetened cocoa powder as bitter cocoa provides a contrast to the sweetness of the ganache.
Add a few tablespoon of cocoa powder into a small bowl.
Using a teaspoon scoop the chocolate ganache, roll into balls and coat into cocoa powder. Place them on a small tray lined with aluminium foil then keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
When rolling the truffles they may become sticky from the heat of your hands. To avoid this dust your hands with cocoa powder or just use rubber gloves. Otherwise, once the mixture become soft, place it in the fridge for 5 minutes and then continue making the truffles.
Take the truffles from the fridge 30 minutes before serving for the best texture and taste.
Chocolate truffles should be stored in the fridge. Place them in a airtight container and separate with 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.
Don't leave your truffles out at room temperature for more than a few hours. Refrigerate truffles for up to one week in an airtight container. Use a plastic container with a snapping lid or even better, a glass container that can be sealed properly to keep smells and flavours from inside the refrigerator from getting into your truffles.