16 August 2015

Chocolate Orange Truffles with Coconut


These were the type of truffles I enjoyed as a child. I remember fun Sunday afternoons with my mum rolling truffles in chocolate vermicelli and anticipating the moment when I could bite into one.

These aren't the fancy ganache truffles you find in luxury stores or chocolatiers, no these have a biscuit and coconut base and are somehow more satisfying.



My friend Audrey makes these with rum and a lot of it. Oh they are good. I like to make mine with orange juice and orange zest for a more child friendly recipe.

If you can, buy proper chocolate vermicelli which is actual chocolate instead of the chocolate strands that supermarkets sell that taste of nothing more than sugar. It really makes a difference to the finished truffles.

These are a great treat for children's parties or just to have in the fridge. They do make a big batch though so it's better to make them when there is a crowd to eat them.


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Chocolate Orange Truffles with Coconut
A biscuit and coconut based chocolate truffle. Easy to make and even easier to eat.
Ingredients
  • 500g digestive biscuits (or graham crackers)
  • 397g condensed milk
  • 4 tbsp Lurpak spread (or other soft butter)
  • 12 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp drinking chocolate
  • 8 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • zest from 2 oranges
  • 200g chocolate vermicelli
Instructions
1. Melt the butter.2. Bash the digestive biscuits until they are fine crumbs. I use a rolling pin. It's very therapeutic.3. Add all the ingredients bar the vermicelli and mix well.4. Pop the truffle mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up, then roll into balls and roll in the chocolate vermicelli. 5. Keep in the fridge until required.6. Enjoy!
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Yield: Makes 20-30 truffles (depending on size)


15 comments:

  1. I remember this sort of truffle too :) it's good to see them again!

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    1. Yes they do seem to have been cast aside in favour of the more modern ganache truffles, but they are good.

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  2. So coconut + orange + chocolate = awesome in my book.

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  3. These look good but any chance of pointing me to your friend Audrey's original recipe please. Not that I'm an alcoholic or anything but I do have some rum I need to use up before it goes off.

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    1. Hey Mike, Leave out the orange juice and zest and replace with 10 tbsp rum. She also uses just Cadburys Hot Chocolate powder an no cocoa powder.

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    2. Thanks, Jac. I'll stick to the cocoa powder though as that's what I've got.

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    3. Rum doesn't 'go off'. It just improves with age!

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  4. oooh, yes! I've just made some ganache for my chocolate bundt cake and I could make these now.. I love that you've used digestives too, I may have to try that. they look so pretty too x

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    1. Not sure how it would work with ganache Dom as these aren't make with cream, but you could certainly make truffles. Just the posh sort.

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  5. These do sound delicious Jacqueline. Pardon my ignorance but I wanted to clarify. When you say "drinking chocolate" is this a liquid? We might call it chocolate milk (cold) or hot chocolate or hot cocoa here? Or is it powder?

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    1. It's a powder like cocoa powder but milk chocolate, so a milder flavour for children. I like a mix of the two, but you can use all cocoa powder or all drinking chocolate powder.

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  6. I am obsessed with coconut lately, so these are ticking all my boxes. Can't go wrong with chocolate vermicelli either!

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    1. Oh god, I'm glad I caught your attention CC :)

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  7. They must be delicious. I like the flavour of chocolate with orange. The idea of crackers is very interesting too, I got used of reading truffle recipes only with avocado, delicious, but I would like to try something new :)

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x