I made the chocolate preparation (a ganache) the night before, melting 300g dark 70% chocolate on a double-boiler, then mixing it in with 200 ml almost boiling double cream. I refrigerated this overnight, to allow it to set.
|Melting dark chocolate over a double boiler|
|Mixing hot double cream into the melted chocolate|
|Ju rolls the truffles in the cocoa powder|
|Ju puts the ready truffle in a paper case|
|Lilo puts the truffles on the plate|
|Truffles all ready|
We then made little heart boxes out of card using this template. It's a very handy one as it doesn't require glue or staples, just cutting, scoring with a butter knife and folding. Each box fits 4 truffles, which is plenty, as these truffles are very dark and rich. The boxes are a bit too fiddly for little hands, but older children might be able to make them by themselves. Ju decorated them a little bit. I wrote down the ingredients and the use before date on the box.
|Heart box template all cut out|
|Box with 4 truffles|
|Ju shows off the box|
I also have started making "marrons glaces", which are candied chestnuts, which are very Christmassy sweet gifts. However, they take 3 days to make according to this recipe I am following. So here is the progress so far: I have boiled the chestnuts and peeled them.
|Chestnuts all peeled|