December is chocolate time – chocolate for gifts, chocolate truffles, chocolate mousse, souflé, cookies, in a cup, saucy over veal….

Everybody has a truffle recipe. Mine comes from way back, from Letitia Prinsloo (owning Femenika at the time), who opened up the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch SA, in 1995.  I have not yet come across a more delicious chocolate truffle.

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Chocolate truffles

  • 50g butter
  • 20ml icing sugar
  • 15 ml rum
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 250g finely grated chocolate(70% cocoa)
  • 20ml cocoa
  • 50ml ground almonds roasted
  • melted dark chocolate
  1. Whisk the butter until soft.
  2. Add the sugar, rum, egg yolks, grated chocolate, cocoa and almonds and mix.
  3. Shape into small balls, roll in sifted cocoa and store in fridge.
  4. If preferred, melt 500g dark chocolate over gentle heat and dip the truffles into the melted chocolate, in place of rolling in cocoa, after you’ve let them cooled overnight in the fridge.
  5. Serve with a pinch of gold leaf for that festive sparkle.

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8 thoughts on “Chocolate truffles

  1. Can I come visit? I like truffles… 🙂

    Went to see the little series of of sketches at Africantapestry– they’re lovely. Your “tree” sounds wonderful.

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  2. thanks for the comment you left on my blog, Ronell. You have a delightful blog. Love your photos, and this chocolate truffle recipe is certainly a keeper. 🙂 I am actually planning of making some to give away as Christmas gift. Do you think I can use other liquer in place of rum?

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