Nutty Chocolate Truffles

Nutty Chocolate Truffles via www.surelysimple.comI think that chocolate is probably the most universal food item there is. I mean, since they discovered the cocoa bean (or cacao, whichever one you prefer) people have just been gaga over chocolate. Am I right? So, when one has to make an easy dessert- the answer to that is always one where chocolate is the main ingredient!

That’s where these nutty chocolate truffles come in.

I absolutely love choc truffles, and I never really thought I could make them at home! And one day, because something compelled me to challenge myself, I decided to do exactly that.

I have this unspoken principle when it comes to life: whenever I think it’s difficult to try a new dish, or a new painting technique, anything like that, I always have to try it out for real. And the results of taking a risk  are usually pretty sweet. If it works out, then brilliant. If it doesn’t then, you now understand what works and how to improve. Win-win strategy, always! (note: always try things which cannot backfire in any way- useful to consider that, folks, when taking on a challenge of any kind. Just thought I’d let you know 😀 Not that chocolate truffles are dangerous, or anything. But I’m talking generally to any challenge. Like taking up fencing, for instance.) And as for this sweet challenge, I’m pleased to tell you..it was delicious. I just wish I’d made some more. There were all gone at the end of the day.

So, on to these nutty chocolate truffles!

Nutty Chocolate Truffles via www.surelysimple.com

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Nutty Chocolate Truffles via www.surelysimple.com

Nutty Chocolate Truffles via www.surelysimple.com

Nutty Chocolate Truffles via www.surelysimple.com

To make these nutty chocolate truffles:

Ingredients: 

1 Chocolate cooking bar (in chunks)

1 cup Heavy Cream

200 g butter

Cocoa Powder

Nuts (I used almonds, walnuts, cashews)

Steps:

1/ Melt the chunks of chocolate in a pan over the stove. Add the butter also and mix.

2/ Add the heavy cream and stir until mixed well.

3/ Your ganache mix is ready. Take it off the stove, and let it cool to room temperature.

4/ Pop it in the fridge overnight until it becomes nice and supple.

5/ Once it is ready, make little balls with the ganache mix. Use cocoa powder to dust your hands and roll the balls if the mixture is a bit sticky.

6/ Dip in nuts. I also used sprinkles (but manged to only photograph one if you noticed in the picture- they were all eaten when my back was turned! )

Optional- Once you make the truffles, if you put them back in the fridge, they will harden and become exactly like store bought truffles. However, I was impatient (as well as everyone around me who wanted to try one) so I photographed it directly after   making it and ate them before this step. They taste pretty much the same- just the look will change, if you pop ’em in the fridge.

Nutty Chocolate Truffles via www.surelysimple.com

These truffles are simply scrumptious and also make for good homemade gift ideas! The next time I make these, I think I’ll pop some in a box as a present for a cute surprise- everyone deserves a sweet treat!