When I was younger, there was nothing more exciting than when someone got a bag of those truffles from Thornton’s. Those lemon white chocolate ones were my favourites, the little white spheres with the yellow lines across them and every time I bought a bag of Summer Fruit Truffles for my mum, I made sure to take those ones when they were offered to me (which is probably not the best reason for buying someone a present, but you know…it’s the thought that counts).
When I went vegan, I thought that the days of truffle debauchery were behind me–and looking back, I’ve no idea why I thought this, as it turns out that truffles are incredibly easy to make. Seriously; this is the work of 10 minutes, then an hour waiting, then 5 minutes more. Almost unbelievable, I know!
These make great gifts, or great treats to impress your friends with when they come over. The lemon and dark chocolate combination is a classic one, and the tartness of the lemon rind cuts through the sweetness of the chocolate for an absolutely glorious taste combination.
(makes 12 truffles)
1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
100g bittersweet chocolate, chopped roughly
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp lemon rind
1/4 cup cocoa powder or grated raw cacao
In a bain marie or double boiler, heat the coconut milk until almost boiling, then pour over the chopped chocolate in a ceramic bowl
Stir the two together until the chocolate is fully melted into the coconut milk
Add in the lemon juice and lemon rind, then place the bowl into the fridge for at least one hour
When you remove the ganache from the fridge, it should be solid enough to roll into balls. If not, place it back in the fridge for a while
Spoon out 12 equal amounts of the ganache, then quickly roll into balls*
Roll in the cocoa powder or raw cacao, making sure each one is evenly coated
Keep them in the fridge or freezer until needed, for up to 10 days
*If you have some sort of fancy truffle press or mould, then definitely use it. Extra fancy points for you!
If you really, really want to impress someone, and if you want to reach quite frankly dangerous levels of smugness, serve 2 of these truffles in a cocktail glass with a scoop of Blueberry and Granola Ice Cream, the recipe for which will be posted up in the next day or two. Best. Thing. Ever.