It’s the 23rd of December and this is the first round of festive baking I’ve partaken in… which is most unlike me. Usually I’m all about the Christmas bakes; mince pies (with my own homemade mincemeat), toffee tarts, truffles (both fudge ones and biscuity ones), mulled wine, gingerbread, Christmas cake being soaked for months in advance… well you get the picture.
But this year Christmas has crept up on me quicker than ever before (and I realise I’ve said that about a million times this month but it really has!) and so being back at GB’s mum’s this week and finally having a few days free of work, free of wedding planning and free of wifi (I’m currently typing this up in the local library) has been most welcomed, and has even allowed me to indulge in some most overdue festive baking.
I’ve shared my mince pie and mulled wine recipes on the blog before, but couldn’t resist fitting in one little foodie post before Christmas Day so thought I’d share with you my favourite chocolate fudge truffles. They are ridiculously easy to make and I’m yet to meet anyone who can resist them. If you’re a chocaholic, these are the treats for you. Plus, if you’re looking for an easy, affordable and homemade present for someone, why not bake a batch of these and wrap them up in a nice box with a ribbon around? I bet they’ll be delighted!
What you’ll need…
12oz of chocolate (you can choose either dark or milk depending on preference. I like to do a mix of both but for a truly decadent dark chocolate truffle go for a dark 80% cocoa version)
2 egg yolks
4 ounces of icing sugar
2 ounces of butter
a drop of vanilla essence
small pastry cases
How it’s done…
1. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a large bowl
2. Add in the icing sugar, egg yolks and vanilla essence and beat together until smooth
3. Leave to set slightly until hard (you can do this in the fridge but sometimes you’ll find it goes too hard and is difficult to mould so I tend to just leave it out on the counter for an hour or so)
4. Using a spoon, scoop out small sections of the fudge mixture and roll into ball shapes in your hands
5. Dust with icing sugar or cocoa and place in the pastry cases
6. Box up for a pressie or simply eat as a little sweet treat over the festive period. Best kept in a cool dry place or in the fridge if you like them hard.
Told you it was easy! Right, my hour is up at the library so I’m heading back to the sofa, with a Christmas movie and perhaps I’ll pop the kettle on and have one of these myself! If you do give them a go, don’t forget to tag #bettybakes in your pictures on Twitter and Instagram so I can see your fabulous creations!
Hope you’re all getting ready to start your Christmas holidays in style!