The season of Advent is getting close and Christmas is just around the corner. It's time to collect ideas and get ready!
Traditionally I make chocolate truffles every year for my family, which is a special treat for Christmas. Self-made is always the safest because I use the best organic ingredients I can find. I prepare the basic truffle and add different nuts, berries, spices or some alcohol like cognac or whisky for more flavor.
As a coating, I usually use melted chocolate - that’s what I like the most - but raw cocoa powder or different nuts are perfect too. They require less work, which is an advantage.
1 dl heavy cream
0.5 dl Mascarpone
2 tbs butter
100 g 70% chocolate
50 g 90% chocolate
a pinch of salt
Place the cream, the Mascarpone and the butter in a small pan and bring them to simmering point. Add salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Break the chocolate into small pieces. Pour the warm butter-cream mixture over the chocolate, mix until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Let the mixture cool down, and then place it in the fridge. When you take it out, form small balls and cover them with raw cocoa powder.
Prepare two other portions of the basic recipe. Instead of the Mascarpone, you can use only cream. Add 2 tbs of dried mixed berries to one portion and about 30 g of crushed nuts to the other (I used macadamia but you can replace them with any other nut).
I covered these truffles by melted 70 % chocolate, just because that's my favorite. This takes more time and requires some patience but it's worth it! You can roll the truffle balls in ground or chopped nuts or cocoa powder as well.
Arrange the truffles in a box and cover them. Keep them refrigerated and consume within a few days.
These treats are easy to make and you can be sure that everyone will love them!!!