03 October 2008
I would like to introduce ...... Audrey's Truffles
Breaktime at work usually heralds some water and fruit or yoghurt for me and a cup of tea and a biscuit or a piece of fruit for others, but now and again the staff room gets interesting.
If this happens there is usually a reason, somebody's birthday, a thank you or somebody's leaving (this one is happening more and more often). If we are really lucky and I mean, really really lucky, then we stand before a hallowed treat - Audrey's Truffles. People will hear whispers about these truffles and make a special trip up to the staff room to have one. They are truly held in awe and I now know what Audrey's secret is, well apart from all the lovely ingredients such as chocolate, coconut and rum (lots of rum).
She sieves the biscuits! And therein lies the secret to a lovely smooth richness that cannot be rivalled. I have to tell you at this point, that is takes blooming ages to sieve a whole packet of biscuits. But, mmmmmmmm, it's worth it :P
1 packet of McVities Digestive Biscuits
1 tin condensed milk
2 oz/ 4 tbsp margarine
12 tbsp desiccated coconut
10 tbsp Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate
10 tbsp dark rum (optional)
topping: chocolate vermicelli or dessicated coconut
Bash and sieve the digestive biscuits for a fine consistency. Melt the margarine. In a large bowl mix together the melted margarine, condensed milk, crushed biscuits, coconut, cocoa powder and rum. Once the mixture is well combined, place in the fridge for half an hour, to firm up. Remove the mixture from the fridge and roll into balls. Audrey says that it is difficult to persuade the vermicelli to stick to the truffle mixture, once it has been in the fridge. Her tip is to wet your hands slightly before you roll the balls in the vermicelli.
Makes - quite a lot. I filled two dinner plates, but I didn't count them.
Audrey adds rum to her truffles, which makes them taste divine, however Graham hates the taste of alchol in anything sweet, so I added orange juice to mine instead of the rum for a more subtle flavour. I could have perked this up a bit with some finely grated orange rind, but I didn't think of this until later. Also you could use cocoa instead of drinking chocolate for that slightly bitter flavour of dark chocolate and roll them in cocoa too, but I would recommend trying them this way first, just to experience how good they are!
p.s. It is Graham & I's first wedding anniversary today!
Where did the year go?