Christmas Gifts: Homemade Chocolate Christmas Truffles

Kirstie Allsopp returns to the old fashioned values of family, friendship and feasting to create some deliciously dark homemade chocolate truffles for gifts.

Step One: Centre of ganache

1. In a saucepan, heat some whipping cream with a spoonful of honey until it boils.. Then whisk it up with some grated or broken chocolate and rest it overnight.
2. Once the ganache is set, it is ready to roll into truffles.
3. First put on plastic gloves and coat the palms of your gloved hands in cocoa powder.
4. Place a spoonful of ganache into your palms, and swiftly roll the ganache into spheres, then placethem onto a tray.
5. Repeat the process with all of the ganache.

Step Two: Coat the truffles

1. Melt some good quality chocolate and spread it onto a big baking tray to cool slightly. This is known as tempering the chocolate, and the process prevents white flecks forming once the chocolate has cooled. To test whether the chocolate has tempered, dab a small amount onto your bottom lip and it should feel coolish.
2. Scoop the chocolate into a bowl from the tray.
3. Using a fork, dip the truffles into the chocolate and tap the fork to remove the excess chocolate.
4. Finally, dip the coated balls into cocoa powder, or coconut for snowballs.

Your truffles will keep for 2-3 weeks.

Watch Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas on The LifeStyle Channel.

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