Thursday, 13 March 2014

Cooking with Booze: Liqueur Truffles

Every now and again you'll taste something so heavenly you realise you might need help to stop what could be a fast-track addiction. In this case, the combination of dark chocolate and coffee liqueur will have you falling head over heels before you can even say 'Je t'aime! Comment ai-je vecu sans vous?!' (that's French for "I love you! How have I lived without you?!).

Boozy. Truffles. The only two words needed to make your ears prick up if you're a chocoholic and like a boozy tipple. Make them like mine, or add your own twist, devour them yourself or give them as a gift (you'll be everybody's BFF, trust me)...

Boozy Coffee Truffles recipe (makes enough to fill a small gift box/scoff with friend in one session)

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 cups broken up dark chocolate (I used 85% cocoa)
  • 1/4 cup coffee liqueur (eg. Kahlua)
  • Chopped nuts for coating (I used a small 150g bag of pre-chopped nuts)
How to...

1. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and sit a glass bowl on top. Add chocolate and simmer until chocolate begins to melt.
2. Stir chocolate until completely melted then remove bowl from the pan and turn off heat.
3. Stir in cream cheese and icing sugar until the consistency is a smooth thick paste.
4. Add coffee liqueur and stir to combine.
5. Place bowl in the fridge for around 45 mins until mixture has set to a hard paste - if it's still a little soft, pop it back in the fridge until ready.
6. Using a teaspoon scoop the mixture and gently roll into a ball - this mix makes about 20 medium or 30 bite size balls.
7. Tip the chopped nuts onto a plate and roll each of the truffles to coat with the nuts.
8. Pop back in the fridge until ready to serve.
9. Enjoy with a rich roast coffee, or a coffee liqueur over ice.

Twist it...

- You could use any booze really: whisky, brandy, dark ale
- Try coating in cocoa powder, icing sugar, hundreds and thousands or dip in chocolate and leave to harden.

With Mother's Day coming why not make Mum very happy with these decadent, indulgent, bite-sized balls of heaven wrapped up in a pretty box with a flowing ribbon?

Oh, one last thing...I bet money you can't make these without a) wishing you could dive into the bowl of chocolately ribbons and b) dipping a sneaky finger in the bowl before you even get to putting it in the fridge!

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