I consider myself a pretty decent cook, especially when it comes to desserts. But handmade chocolate truffles? The idea of that immediately made me think ‘too hard’. That was until we tested these cardamom-filled truffles in the Cooked kitchen and found they were surprisingly simple.
If it’s generally assumed that homemade chocolate truffles are a feat to achieve, then pulling them off will be all the more impressive. Want to wow your other half this Valentine’s Day? This is the recipe for you.
Ice ice baby
You’ll note that the recipe says you need chocolate moulds, which you’ll find at speciality kitchen shops like Chef’s Hat and Essential Ingredient. But if you don’t want to spend big bucks or there isn’t a store like that nearby, try this instead: ice-cube trays. Use the one already in your freezer or source one with cute shapes from your local variety store.
The Pana peeps offer step-by-step instructions for making your own piping bag out of baking paper (see here). Your other option is to buy a set of bags and nozzles ready made.
Firstly, prepare your cardamom. Use a mortar and pestle to break the pods and extract the seeds, discard the pods and then grind the seeds into a fine powder. Next, make your truffle filling. Put all of the ingredients into the food processor and blend until smooth. Now, melt your chocolate. Use a pot of boiled water with a bowl over the top as an alternative to the bain-marie. Finally, pour chocolate into your moulds leaving enough space for the filling, pipe a small amount of the cardamom cream into the centre of each, close the truffle with more chocolate and then place the tray in the fridge to set.
Wrap it up
It’s been a few hours and you’re eager to see the results. It’s time. Take your tray out of the fridge and gently pop the truffles out onto a plate. Finito. Now all you need to do is get creative with gift-wrapping, presenting them in a plain or colourful box topped with any decoration you please.
Now that you've nailed chocolate truffles, just about any recipe is within your reach. Take a look at all of the incredible treats in the Pana Chocolate cookbook.