Chocolate truffles

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.


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.


Recipe list

Starters, amuse bouche, light meals:



Main meals:

Cakes, cookies and tarts: