Chocolate Truffles with Orange Blossom Water and Almonds
There are few smells more intoxicating than chocolate, but orange blossom is right up there with it. In spring, the orange trees that line the streets of Spanish towns go into bloom, filling the air with a sweet heady scent. We combined these two flavours with a crunchy almond coating for a delicious truffle that you can easily whip up in an afternoon.
So for Valentine’s Day, or any other special day, why not give your friends and family a homemade gift of chocolate truffles?
Ingredients (makes 25 truffles)
150 g dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (we used 70%)
150 ml double cream
25 g unsalted butter
5 tsp orange blossom water (more/less to taste)
125 g chopped almonds
30 g cocoa powder
- Cut the chocolate into small pieces and place in a bowl. Pour the double cream and the butter into a small saucepan and heat on a low heat until the butter has melted and the cream has reached simmering point. Watch the cream carefully, as it can burn quickly.
- Pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Stir until all of the chocolate has melted and you have a smooth, glossy mixture.
- Add orange blossom water to taste, starting with 1 tsp. We reached a subtle orange blossom flavour after 5 tsp, but this may vary per brand. Mix well and pour the mixture into a tupperware container. Chill in the fridge for two hours until the mixture has set firm.
- Pour your chopped almonds onto one plate and your cocoa powder onto another plate. Using two teaspoons, take small amounts of the chocolate mixture and roll into balls. Roll your truffles in either the chopped almonds or the cocoa powder. Once your truffle has been coated, it will be easier to roll it into a totally round shape.
- Wrap your truffles in small boxes for the perfect gift. Keep your truffles in the fridge until you are ready to give them away! They’ll last for around 4 days in the fridge, so eat up quickly!