I love making gifts for friends and family at Christmas and this recipe is perfect for that, I prepared these little delightful truffles for singer and actor Martine McCutcheon on BBC's "Best Christmas Food Ever", I hope you enjoy them as much as she did!
The recipe below makes about 20 depending on the size
- 250ml double cream
- 30g butter
- 250g dark chocolate
- 2 tbsp rum
- 50g marzipan
- 3 tbsp very finely chopped dried apricots
- Cocoa powder, pistachio and toasted hazelnuts - both blitzed to fine consistency, for finishing
- 20 mini cases
Place the cream and butter in a saucepan over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, add in the rum. Break the chocolate into small pieces in a bowl and pour over the hot cream mix. Stir until the chocolate has melted and is thick. Then leave the mixture to cool completely – this will take about 3 hours
Mix the marzipan and dried apricots together and shape into about 20 small balls. Leave top set a little.
To make the truffles, place the pistachio, hazelnut nut and cocoa powder on separate plates. Place the ball in the chocolate mixture and using a teaspoon scoop the chocolate around the marzipan ball. This is messy! Shape the chocolate around the apricot marzipan balls about the size of a walnut. Move to the plates of pistachio, hazelnuts or cocoa and roll. Roll and place on a clean plate. Leave to dry before transferring into cases, ready for boxes or to serve or enjoy simply with a delicious freshly brewed coffee.