Cointreau chocolate truffles

Cointreau chocolate truffles

Tartufial cointreau

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The Italian Baker
Makes
24, depending on size

Making truffles is another of my fond childhood memories. It was a serious matter in my house and the whole ritual was very messy! Of course, Cointreau was off limits for me when I was little, but boozy truffles are always very welcome among grown-ups. With a little organization you can make truffles with your kids – and have great fun too – using orange juice in place of the Cointreau, or leaving them plain. They work well as an edible Christmas gift for friends and family, presented in small paper cases, in a fancy box wrapped with an elegant ribbon. Et voilà!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
225g good-quality dark chocolate
115ml double cream
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons cointreau liqueur
good-quality cocoa powder, for coating

Method

  1. Finely grate the chocolate using a cheese grater, or chop it very finely, and put it in a large heatproof bowl. Set aside.
  2. Bring the cream to a gentle boil in a saucepan set over a medium heat, then pour it over the chocolate. Leave to stand for 1 minute then gently start stirring, using a metal spoon. Add the butter and stir a little more, making sure the chocolate is completely melted. Finally, add the Cointreau and stir to combine. Cover the bowl with cling film (plastic wrap) and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours or, better still, overnight.
  3. Using a teaspoon or a small scoop, form the mixture into small balls. Making sure your hands are cool (wash in cold water and dry well, if not), roll each ball in the sifted cocoa powder.
  4. Shake the excess cocoa gently from each and place the truffles on a sheet of baking parchment to set. Leave to stand at room temperature until completely solid. In warm weather, store them in the fridge until ready to serve.
Tags:
baking
cakes
biscuits
Italian
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