Saturday, 21 January 2012

Chilli Chocolate Truffles

Number 2. on the Christmas hamper recipe list! These are good. Really good. Chilli and chocolate are two of the best things on the planet. Combined they are dynamite. These truffles are another simple, luxury treat, that went down a treat (ahem) over the holiday period.

It's kind of unfair to be writing about tasty chocolate goodness right now, because - shhh, don't tell anyone - I'm on a diet. Yep. You heard me right. And now I have to write up all my Christmas hamper recipes which were, frankly, delicious and NOT diet friendly. First fudge, now truffles, next week toffee and ginger biscuits. Sigh. And drool.

No, it's okay. In fact, it's a good substitute - if I can't eat it, I'll write about it.

I'm relatively new to dark chocolate. I just didn't get it before. Milk chocolate in its many costumes was my thing. Mint Aero and Minstrels were my downfall. But discovering dark chocolate was a revelation. When I came over to the dark (chocolate) side I started to notice how excessively sweet milk chocolate can be, and how mild the actual chocolate taste is in most commercial bars. Don't get me wrong, I can still hoover up a Galaxy in about 4 seconds flat but a good quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content can satisfy my choco-craving with just two squares (rather than a whole whopping bar) and feels more decadent, but not as naughty.

This recipe is a keeper. Great for gifts, or for days when you just want to spoil yourself. 


CHILLI CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

250g dark chocolate
1/2 cup double cream
Red chilli, halved (scrape seeds out, or if you like very strong chilli heat in your chocolate then leave them in)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 
Cocoa powder for dusting

Slowly bring the cream and red chilli to a boil over a medium heat. Remove the chilli and pour over the chopped chocolate. Add cayenne pepper. Leave to sit for 1-2 mins, then whisk until smooth. Put in the fridge for about an hour to firm up.

With a teaspoon, spoon mounds onto a large baking tray lined with grease-proof paper. You'll get 20-25 depending how large you make the balls. Put back the fridge for 15 mins.

Roll the mounds into balls. Put cocoa in a bowl and roll the balls in it to cover. Put back on the baking tray and chill until set. Store in a airtight container in the fridge.

You can put the individual truffles in little cases if you want pretty presentation, but I just lined small gift boxes with tissue paper, nestled a couple of truffles in there and tied a bow on it - a lovely little gift for a chocolate lover.


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33 comments:

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  2. hmmm is this taste a bit hot? I guess so because of the cayenne pepper...I never tried it but I am so interested, and seems like the ingredient is easy to find in the market.

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  3. I love mixing chicolate with spice, what a great recipe!

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  4. Very nice treat, and I tried your fudge recipe, awesome!

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  5. I love chili and chocolate, last time I had this combination was as a "hot chili and chocolate" on a hot day in Harare, Zimbabwe.....believe me I really got hot. I love your Blog, great recipes

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  6. Nice truffles. Found you on FoodieBlogroll. Great photos as well.

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  8. chilli&chocolade - I love! :)
    Really nice truffles!
    Regards from Poland :)

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