Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Today, I Shall be Making...

...these:

Chocolate Rum truffles

2oz butter
4oz plain chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solid)
1 tablespoon of dark rum (yeah, right...maybe a bit more)
2 egg yolks
8oz sifted icing sugar
1oz ground almonds
1oz very fine cake crumbs (trifle sponges blitzed finely will do)
cocoa or drinking chocolate/chocolate vermicelli/dessicated coconut to coat

1. Put the butter in a basin with the broken up chocolate & stand it over a basin of hot water (NOT touching the bottom), stirring occasionally until both are melted.

2. Add the rum & egg yolks, mix well in. Then add a bit more rum. No, a bit more than that, it's Christmas! If the mixture is too wet, just add more cake crumbs or icing sugar.

3. Then sift in the icing sugar, ground almonds & cake crumbs gradually. You want a uniform brown colour, no white showing through, very stiff texture.

4. Turn out onto a plate, smooth down to about an inch & leave to chill for at least an hour & a half. Yes, it does look a bit like a giant cow pat, it's true.

5. Using teaspoons, scoop out small amounts. Form into small balls in your hands & roll in the chosen coatings while still sticky from the warmth of your hands. Pop into petit-four cases.

Who needs Ferrero-Rocher? You know exactly what went into these. You made it yourself...

Update: Mmmm, unsettlingly bovine...

11 comments:

Oldrightie said...

Isn't this a bit sexist and girlie, Julia? Enjoy.

manwiddicombe said...

Photos of the results please!

That is if you can hold a camera steady once you're done cooking ;o)

JuliaM said...

Oh, I don't eat them myself, usually - I prefer savory to sweet. I just like making them.. ;)

Fat Hen said...

Gah, I'm weighing 2kg more after reading this!!!

Mark Wadsworth said...

Are you going all Kirtie Allsopp on us?

David Gillies said...

Alas, my type II diabetes precludes me from partaking.

You should check out Delia Smith's truffle torte in her Christmas book. A wafer thin slice is 2000 calories; the whole thing is like 18,000.

Joe Public said...

I wish you could E-mail me one

MTG said...

Reminds me of something I saw on a dish in a butcher's window - perhaps it is more savoury than sweet?

Angry Exile said...

Tempting, but comes with the major drawback of attracting the attentions of the nanny state's alcohol police. JuliaM and any who partake of her delicious sounding truffles will shortly be dragged off for reeducation on what not to put in truffles that might accidentally be eaten by chiiiiiiiiiildren and give them instant cirrhosis. After that she'll be handed over to the obesity police who will tattoo her face with 'carbohydrate denier' or something. I'll stick with Mrs Exile's home made ANZAC biscuits (I'm trying to claim the oats in them as one of my five portions of fruit/veg - fibre is fibre, right?) ta all the same.

Malthebof said...

Mmmmm smart & a good cook, my kinda girl, lovely recipe Julia
Jon

adamcollyer said...

Read that as 4 oz dark rum for a moment. Now I'm disappointed.