You're probably thinking, "Truffles, YUM, but hell to the no am I making them. I'm gonna buy me some!" Well, at least that's what I used to think, but they're actually laughably easy to make. No, really. You just mix melted chocolate and cream together and leave it in the fridge for a few hours.
I couldn't resist the opportunity for a christmassy pun when naming these truffles. Bing Crosby's White Christmas is such a 'cosy' song, if you know what I mean? I came across this clip below and all I could think (after "how cute") was a) I want that red and fluffy ball gown, and b) How did we get from this adorable and wholesome scene, to identical outfits, just MUCH shorter in the Christmas is all around you music video with Bill Nighy? (...which I kind of also love).
Ingredients (Makes ca. 30)
- 200g White Chocolate (Good Quality)
- 120ml Double Cream
- 1 tsp Orange Extract
- 50g Pistachio Kernels
- 50g Dried Cranberries
- Heat the cream over the stove in a double boiler (microwaveable bowl over a pot of boiling water). When it is hot, add the broken up white chocolate and stir with a metal whisk till the mixture is smooth and completely combined. Stir the orange essence in well and remove from the stove.
- Leave the mixture to cool for 10 minutes and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- Blend the pistachio kernels and dried cranberries till they resemble bread crumbs.
- Once the chocolate mixture is sufficiently cool and hard, use a teaspoon so dig a ball out of the hardened mixture. Use your hands to roll this into an even ball and then roll it in the mixture of ground pistachios and cranberries.
- Set the truffle on a plate and continue till all the chocolate mixture has been used up. Store in a fridge, but remove from the fridge about an hour before serving. (That way they'll be nice an soft).
Now it's my turn!!