Me: “Well that depends. What do you think about getting melted dark chocolate all over your hands?”
Mother-in-law scoffing: “What? A problem with getting chocolate on my hands?” + Slightly evil laugh. “That my dear… will not be a problem.”
So the morel of this story is, if you don’t mind spending 10 minutes indulging in a little chocolate messiness, then these decedent dark chocolate truffles are relatively easy to make.
I go into a heavenly daze when I hear the word ‘ganache’. Just picture it: High quality dark chocolate. Plus cream. Melted. Together…
A good chocolate truffle is really just a couple of short hops away from this. You let that blissful mix set in the fridge overnight, then roll it into balls and dust them in cocoa powder, desiccated coconut, chopped nuts, or whatever other coatings you can conjure up. They’ll then keep happily in the fridge for around 4 days, although I admit that I’ve never seen a chocolate truffle last that long.
But you know me. I’m obsessed with taking a perfectly good recipe, and seeing if I can make it healthier, without sacrificing flavour, texture or any other pleasure factors. And because a good traditional truffle is only made from a few real food ingredients to begin with, this really didn’t take much effort on my part. And the best thing, my healthier truffles taste identical to the original recipe, and have the same rich silky smooth mouth feel too. Essentially, I only changed two things. I swapped the dairy cream for coconut milk, and the butter for coconut oil.
The result? I had expected them to turn out tasting of coconut- which wouldn’t have been such a bad thing, but surprisingly I could barely detect the coconut at all. If I needed to pin down 3 words to describe them, they would be: 1. Decadent. 2. Rich. 3. Divine.
Feel free to add a couple of tablespoons of brandy (my favourite addition) or a few drops of natural peppermint extract to the mix if you’re in to that kind of thing.
MAKES AROUND 25 TRUFFLES
Chop or break up the chocolate into smallish chunks and place in a large bowl along with the coconut oil and the salt.
Bring the coconut milk to the boil on the stove, and then pour immediately over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is dissolved, and the ganache is smooth and thick.
Pour into a medium sized bowl.
Cover with cling film and leave it to set overnight in the fridge (or at least 4 hours).
THE NEXT DAY.
Now for the fun part.
Take two flat-ish bowls. Tip a handful of desiccated coconut into one bowl, and a few tablespoons of cocoa power in the other, making sure you’ve got enough to generously cover the bottom of each of the bowls.
Remove the ganache from the fridge.
Wash your hands and dry them well.
Use a teaspoon to scoop small amounts of ganache out of the bowl, place into the palm of your hand and as quickly as possible roll them into a ball. This does require a little skill but just keep in mind how you used to roll plasticine into balls when you were a kid and you’ll be fine.
Toss them straight into either the bowl of cocoa or coconut.
Repeat until you have rolled all the ganache into balls.
Swirl around the bowls of coconut and cocoa to ensure that each truffle is completely coated.
Wash your hands and dry them.
Carefully place each chocolate truffle onto a serving plate, cover gently with cling film and place back into the fridge to firm up again. Of course, feel free to test 1 or 2 as you go to ensure they meet your personal quality standards ;-)
Store for up to 4 days.
Shorthand: Stir 300g choc + pinch salt + 30g coconut oil + 230g hot coconut milk - smooth. Fridge overnight. Roll into balls. Swirl in cocoa power or desiccated coconut.
Help, my ganache has split: If your ganache mix splits when you mix the hot coconut milk into the chocolate, fear not! It can be rescued easily by adding in a tiny amount of hot water. Just add the water, drop by drop as you stir the ganache until it all comes together and becomes smooth.
I’m trying to roll these things into balls, but they keep melting in my hands: First, take a moment to think about how joyous it is to have your hands covered in this amazing chocolaty concoction… Secondly, you need to keep in mind that a little melting is normal, but you can minimise it by being as quick as you possibly can, just a few short seconds in your hands is all they should get. If you still have problems, try to rinse your hands under COLD water and dry them thoroughly between each truffle, although this last option really shouldn’t be necessary.
Why aren’t my chocolate truffles perfectly shaped balls? Calm down now, perfection really is over rated you know, especially in the world of truffles where rustic and homemade = sexy. If you’ve got overly warm hands you’re going to have a hard time getting them into perfect balls before they melt. If so, try the Italian way. They put a spoonful of ganache on a flat surface and then just use their fingertips to pinch the top into rough pyramid like shape. And in my opinion, these taste just as divine.
I’ve only rolled 2 truffles and I’m bored already: You’re either not taste testing the truffles as you go, or haven’t got the right music playing in the background.
The truffles turned out too firm or too soft: Either way they’ll still taste great. But ultimately it all comes down to the type of coconut milk you’re using. If they’ve turned out a little too firm, just add an extra 20g or so of coconut milk next time you make them. If they’re a little soft, reduce your coconut milk by the same amount. Just be sure to stick to the same brand and variety of coconut milk each time so you can predict the outcome.
I’ve rolled all the ganache into truffles but they’ve disappeared! Either you took my advice to taste test as you roll a little too seriously, or you’ve got a chocolate truffle loving thief lurking around the house… Hey, it’s your responsibility to guard them not mine!
Make this amazing dark, vegan truffles recipe this week and let me know how they turn out. Just remember that truffles always taste best when shared.
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