This is another very simple idea that can be made with children as a gift for their teachers. They can be packaged in a pretty little box with tissue paper or placed in a cellophane bag or even a mug, and then wrapped in cellophane and tied with ribbon.
You can also add various flavours by adding a drop of essence such as rum or orange, and then roll them in different coatings - cocoa powder, chopped nuts, coconut or even brightly coloured sprinkles. I added a few chilli flakes to these truffles and rolled them in cocoa powder, nuts and grated white chocolate. Some are for the pre-school staff and some are for after dinner at the weekend when friends come around.
I followed a simple recipe on the Jamie Oliver website, which you can find here. The site is packed full of great recipes which can be searched by section. The section for chocolate recipes is one where I found myself browsing for a very long time, drooling over the chocolate creations and admiring the beautiful photos. I particularly like the sound of the Epic Hot Chocolate and know my kids will love me just that little bit more if I make a batch of that up.
Chilli Chocolate Truffles - makes around 20
250g good quality dark chocolate
125ml double cream
pinch of sea salt
good pinch of chilli flakes
cocoa powder, chopped nuts, coconut, sprinkles or grated white chocolate for coating.
- Break the chocolate up into small pieces and place in a bowl
- Bring the cream to the boil, add the butter and remove from the heat
- Pour the cream over the chocolate and leave for a couple of minutes to allow the chocolate to melt
- Add the salt & chilli flakes and stir until smooth
- Refrigerate for around 2 hours until set
- Scoop out small amounts of the mixture (I used a melon baller for this) and roll in your hands to form a ball
- Roll in the coatings to cover completely
- Place in the fridge to firm up