Homemade chocolate truffles

Our latest recipe has been kindly written by head chef of Sweeney Hall Hotel, Thomas Roberts. Thomas is 28 and has spent his whole life Pant. “My family are local and from Llanymynech,” he says. “I have worked at Sweeney Hall Hotel in Morda for 11 years and became their head chef in April this year.”

Homemade chocolate truffles
Homemade chocolate truffles make ideal Christmas gifts

Since taking over as head chef at the hotel, Thomas says he has been passionate about making everything from scratch. “From our breads that we serve in the restaurant, right down to the homemade fudge we put in our hotel bedrooms, we make it all,” he says.
According to Thomas, Christmas is a time for sharing. And what better way to show you care than to make a handmade present using Thomas’s recipe for homemade chocolate truffles?

“This is a nice and simple recipe,” he says, “and it makes beautiful truffles, perfect for a gift or to impress your dinner guests.”

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Homemade chocolate truffles

Makes approx 25 truffles

For the truffles:
175g of chocolate – any of your choice. I use a dark chocolate with a high cocoa content.
40g unsalted butter
25g caster sugar

For the coatings:
100g of hazelnuts, toasted and chopped for hazelnut truffles
2 tablespoons of icing sugar and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder combined for chocolate dusted truffles
Mixed colour sugars for sugar coated truffles
Crushed meringue for meringue truffles
Plus many more – you can be as creative as you like with the coatings!

Put on a pan with some water in the bottom and bring to a simmer. Place all the truffle ingredients into a metal mixing bowl and place over the pan of water.

Mix until smooth and then place the chocolate into a fridge for approximately four hours – just long enough to partially set the chocolate, but still easy enough to handle.

Break up the mixture into small pieces, enough for 25 truffles, and roll each one into the different coatings. My personal favourites are the hazelnut truffles as they roll easily and look the most effective.

Place the made truffles into truffle cases and you’re done!