Chocolate Christmas Pudding Truffles
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
- 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.
- Roll the mixture into balls.
- 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).
- Dip a truffle into the melted chocolate and turn to coat. Place truffle on baking paper on a tray.
- When all the truffles are covered in chocolate, place tray in fridge for 10 minutes or until truffles are set.
- Microwave the white chocolate for 1 minute, and repeat until chocolate is melted.
- 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.
- Return truffles to fridge to set.