Christmas walnut truffles

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For Christmas this year I’m baking another round of sweet treats for the teachers, neighbours and locals. Because things are a bit hectic around here, I kept this year’s selection simple and yet they’ve turned out to be the most festive to date. I’ve tinkered with the clotted cream truffle recipe to create a walnut truffle, and I’ve made lavender shortbread cookies and cranberry and pistachio chocolate rounds which are apparently all the rage in Paris.

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Today I’ll share the walnut truffle recipe. So far  I’ve had some great feedback and so I hope you’ll get some good results with this recipe. Remember with truffles – as long as you’ve got equal parts of chocolate and cream you can pretty much do what you like with them. For this recipe, because I think the combination of walnuts and chocolate is highly underrated, I added chopped roasted walnuts and walnut liquer and another little secret ingredient that might surprise you. I use a Croatian brand of liqueur called Maraska and the walnut liqueur called Orahovac, made from green walnuts. In the UK, you can get a bottle of this at Gerry’s Wine and Spirits .

Walnut Truffle Recipe

Ingredients:
200g good quality dark chocolate
200g clotted cream
Handful of walnuts, roasted and finely chopped
Splash or two of Walnut Liqueur (you can replace with any liqueur or simply leave out if you prefer)
Pinch of salt, about 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. Taste and use your own judgement as to how much you’d like to use. The salt shouldn’t actually be a detectable flavour, but rather a foil to the sweetness of the chocolate.

Method:
In a glass bowl, put cream, chopped chocolate and salt.
Microwave on LOW for a minute at a time, or until the cream gets hot but not boiling.
Stir until the chocolate starts to melt. The idea is to melt the chocolate in the ambient heat of the cream. Once it has started melting well, then keep heating but only for 30 seconds at a time.  You don’t want it to boil or burn.
Pour in the liqueur and nuts and give it a good stir.
Line a plastic container with baking paper (to make for easy removal of the truffle slab) and pour in the chocolate mixture.
Let the mixture set overnight or you’ll find it too soft to handle.
Slice into cube type shapes and then coat with cocoa in a zip lock bag. This gets really messy so don’t do anything  while you’re doing this step  – or you’ll have cocoa from kingdom-come to breakfast-time.
For a little sparkle, add some edible lustre dust to the cocoa, which you can pick up at most large grocery stores.

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