2 February 2015

Chocolate Truffles with Coconut Cream and Sea Salt Pretzels

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I'm a big lover of chocolate truffles. I think the reason I love them so much is because they are quite rich, so eating a couple of those creamy, dense chocolatey nuggets will do the trick. No need to finish the whole box.




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Making your own truffles. Just in time for Valentine's Day, fancy that.

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chocolate truffles coconut cream sea salt pretzel littlerosebook.co.uk

It is a bit of a messy affair (chocolate covered hands anyone?!) but it is so simple, I can't believe I haven't tried to make truffles before.

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These truffles are made with coconut cream instead of dairy. But you can't really taste the coconut I promise. Plus they make such a cute gift as well. Please give this as a hostess gift to any chocolate lover, go on, do them a favour.

Chocolate Truffles with Coconut Cream and Sea Salt Pretzels

recipe adapted from nomnompaleo - makes 24 truffles

160ml (2/3 cup) coconut cream
2 tablespoon coconut oil
190 g chocolate for the ganache (70% cacao solids)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g chocolate to coat the truffles (70% cacao solids)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Sea salt pretzels (gluten free if you have to!)
Maldon sea salt flakes (optional, for extra crunch and saltiness)

Start by putting a can of full fat coconut milk in your fridge overnight. The next day, open the can and spoon the coconut cream measuring 160 ml (2/3 cup) for the ganache. Keep the water and leftover cream to make smoothies.

Chop the chocolate finely and put aside in a heat proof bowl, along with the coconut oil.

Heat the coconut cream gently in a sauce pan. Once the coconut cream is simmering (not boiling), pour over the chocolate and coconut oil. Stir gently until the chocolate is melted. Add the vanilla extract. Then cover and put in the fridge until set, for around 4 hours minimum, or until you are ready to roll the truffles.

A note on ganache .... If it appears 'split' or oily/watery - fear not! It happened to me too, and I'm happy to say it can be rescued with a little TLC. It probably happened because the coconut cream was too hot. Melting chocolate needs to be done quite gently. To fix your ganache, warm some extra coconut cream in the microwave (warm, not hot). Transfer your oily ganache in a sauce pan and heat on a very low heat, stirring with a heat proof spatula constantly. Add a tablespoon at a time of the warm coconut cream and keep stirring. Your ganache should start to come together after a few tablespoons of coconut cream. Get it off the heat once it is back on track.

When you are ready to make some truffles, wash your hands and prepare a tray where you will place your truffles once rolled. Take approximately one teaspoon of ganache and roll in your hands until it looks like a little ball. Don't try to achieve perfection here, oval is an ok shape too, or you'll end up wasting the ganache all on your hands! You should have enough to make around 24 truffles. When you are done, pop the tray in the fridge to harden the truffles for 30 minutes.

Chop 100g of chocolate and melt in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time, with a teaspoon of coconut oil. When the chocolate it smooth, take your truffles out of the fridge and with 2 forks, roll the truffles in the melted chocolate until covered. Sprinkle some crushed pretzels and a little extra sea salt on top of each truffles before the melted chocolate sets.

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Now bite into one and let in melt in your mouth.

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It's amazing what a little bit of chocolate can do.

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2 comments:

  1. Just discovered your blog - so many delicious things! Starting with these truffles, just in time for Valentine's Day :-)

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    1. Thanks Kate! I've been reading your blog for ever.. Can't wait for the book in June! x

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