Chocolate Christmas Pudding Truffles

 

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These truffles are very simple to make and are a great way to use up any left over Christmas cake. The mashed up Christmas cake base of these truffles gives them a close textured fudge-like consistency, (just like cake-pops) and when covered in chocolate the Christmas cake tastes delicious.

We used Whittaker’s 50% dark cocoa chocolate because dark chocolate has a high percentage of cocoa solids, making it better for melting.

The Christmas cake we used to make these truffles was leftover from an ambitious cake-making project – our ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas cake’. Creating the shape of the reindeer’s body, neck, and nose, required cutting and chamfering off lots of pieces of cake – at least the offcuts were put to good use to make these delicious Christmas Pudding Truffles. Take a look at the gorgeous Rudolph Christmas Cake in my blog post here: http://www.inthekitchenwithmum.com/2015/01/rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer-christmas-cake/

 

TIP: for flavour variations you could add Cointreau orange liqueur, brandy, orange zest, lemon zest, or vanilla flavouring.

TIP: the truffles keep well in the freezer, just take them out of the freezer half an hour before eating.

 

 

RECIPE: CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS PUDDING TRUFFLES

 

Makes 14 truffle balls

 

400g Christmas cake

150g dark chocolate

50g white chocolate

1-2 red and green glace cherries, cut into small pieces

 

  1. Place the Christmas cake in a food processor and mix until the mixture is in rough crumbs, or break the cake up and mash with a fork.

 

  1. Roll the mixture into balls.

 

  1. Boil a small amount of water in a saucepan, and place a heat-proof bowl over the water, so the bowl is not touching the water level. Place dark chocolate in the bowl to melt (alternatively place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on low for 1 minute, repeating, until chocolate is melted).

 

  1. Dip a truffle into the melted chocolate and turn to coat. Place truffle on baking paper on a tray.

 

  1. When all the truffles are covered in chocolate, place tray in fridge for 10 minutes or until truffles are set.

 

  1. Microwave the white chocolate for 1 minute, and repeat until chocolate is melted.

 

  1. Spoon the white chocolate onto the top of the truffles to resemble custard on a Christmas pudding. Press a piece of chopped up green or red cherry onto the top of the white chocolate.

 

  1. Return truffles to fridge to set.

 

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