French Chocolate Truffles: rich, buttery and oh so chocolatey, these easy chocolate truffles are an authentic French recipe and perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day treat!
250g good quality dark chocolate (about 70% cocoa)
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp caster sugar
2 raw egg yolks
60g (or as much as needed) cocoa powder (for coating the truffles)
Cut the butter into small pieces so it will melt more easily and set aside.
Seperate the egg yolks from the whites and set them aside.
Chop the chocolate into small pieces to ensure even melting.
Place the chocolate in a pan with the two spoons of milk and melt slowly at the lowest temperature your cooker can manage. Do not be tempted to turn up the heat to hurry the process - the chocolate will seize and turn thick and gritty, ruining the flavour and texture. Stir slowly and gently with a rubber or plastic spatula. Keep the pan uncovered, as condensation will cause the chocolate to spoil. You may also use a bain-marie instead of cooking directly on the hob.
When the molten chocolate has formed a very smooth paste, remove from the heat and add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each yolk.
Add the spoon of sugar and mix (70% cocoa is quite bitter!).
Add the butter and stir until it is melted into the chocolate mixture.
Allow to cool to room temperature before placing in the fridge for several hours to firm up.
Remove from the fridge, take a spoon of the chocolate mixture and roll with your hands to form a rough ball, about the size of a walnut. Repeat until you have used all the mixture.
Shake some cocoa powder onto a plate and roll the balls in the mixture until thoroughly coated. If you like bitter chocolate, you may use a 100% cocoa powder. Alternatively, for a sweeter taste, you can use something like Nesquik Hot Chocolate powder, or similar. Granulated sugar is also an option.
The truffles will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Recipe by Olive Tree Kitchen at http://olivetreekitchen.com/french-chocolate-truffles/