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Member Name: angelboouk
Advantages: very tasty, fairly cheap to make, no need to cook
Disadvantages: messy and not exactly healthy
A favourite recipe of mine is chocolate truffles! I have been making these since I was a young girl after my Auntie Mary showed me how! These truffles do not need to be be cooked so are ideal for preparing with children. Ideal as little sweet treats, cakes or as a dessert.
~Ingredients and Method~
Prep time approx 15-20mins (excluding setting time)
You will need :
*Condensed milk - 397g tin
*Digestives biscuits - approx 250g (I use the Tesco Value or Asda Smart Price digestives)
*2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (up to you what kind but I use whatever hot chocolate powder I have in the cupboard - usually Cadbury Drinking Chocolate)
*Dessicated coconut - approx 250g
*Crush the digestives
*Mix the digestives, 1/2 of the coconut and the cocoa powder in a large bowl
*Mix in the condensed milk
*Roll balls of this mixture in the remaining coconut and place on a plate or tray
*Pop in the fridge until firm
The above method is what I normally use and this seems to be sufficient for making 12, good sized truffles. I have adapted the recipe a few times by using white chocolate powder and adding various drops of flavouring including orange and vanilla which are particularly nice. I personally use Cadbury drinking chocolate as an alternative to regular cocoa powder and this makes them sweeter overall. I once tried making these with the caramel condensed milk and they were delicious and extra sticky!
These truffles are quick to make but it can get very messy when you are rolling the truffles in coconut to coat - be prepared for sticky hands! I find that roughly crushing the biscuits works well as it adds texture to the truffle. The truffles take an hour to set but I normally leave them in the fridge for a bit longer to ensure they are firm through. If children are looking to make a little treat for a relative, you could pop the truffles in paper cases and then in a box - lovely gift that thought has went in to.
The truffles aren't particularly expensive to make and the ingredients can be kept in the cupboard fresh for when you feel the urge to make the truffles. The normal truffles I make are delicious and quite filling and satisfying. They should taste moist and sweet. I make these occasionally as a treat as they are not particularly healthy.
Price breakdown for the original recipe - products from Asda :
*Smart Price Digestives - 40p for 400g (some left over!)
*Carnation Condensed Milk - £1.44 a tin
*Coconut - £1.10 for 300g (different types available)
*Chocolate powder - from £1.00 a tub
Summary: delicious truffles!