I'm elated, fellow bloggers. It is, after all, the most wonderful time of the year. After weeks of restraining myself, it is finally December, and that means fairy lights, wearing Fair Isle knits, and dancing around my bedroom to All I Want for Christmas Is You (the Olivia Olson version, obvs). Even Pigwidgeon, the owl on my header, has donned something festive. He does, it must be said, accessorise like a boss.
As promised, here is the recipe for the truffles I made a few days ago. These are fantastic in the run up for Christmas, as they are delicious, simple-to-make, and when wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon, make great gifts.
The recipe is taken from the book Heavenly Chocolate by Linda Collister
200 ml double cream
300g plain chocolate, finely chopped
250 white chocolate
Gently bring the cream to the boil, and then allow to cool for one minute. Pour the cream over the plain chocolate in a heatproof bowl, and stir until smooth. Allow to cool.
When mixture is cold but not set, beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until it is much lighter in colour, and firm (note: this took quite a long time. It's a brilliant work-out for your bingo-wings). Using two teaspoons, make mixture into balls and place onto a tray covered in greaseproof paper. Chill in fridge until the balls are very solid. These will be your truffle centres.
|I promise they get more aesthetically pleasing.|
When the centres are solid, melt your white chocolate. To do this, put some boiling water in a pan, and place the chocolate over pan in a heatproof bowl. Stir gently.
|Leftovers best served with strawberries. Om nom nom.|
Using two forks, coat the centres in the white chocolate and replace on tray until the chocolate sets. I left mine over night.
While I have you here, I'd like to introduce a little friend of mine... Lovely bloggers, say hello to Bella.
|I'm in love. If anyone notices the vulgar drawing in the background, I can only apologise and say that my flatmate's boyfriend is seriously mature. Not.|
Also, I'd just like to say that my Lindt advent calender is making me very happy... I got a chocolate reindeer today. Tonight I'm heading to the German Market with some friends - I feel an encore of the belgian chocolate muffin coming on - and then hitting the outdoor skating rink in Spinningfields.
I'll post pictures of my bruises tomorrow.