30 minutes, plus cooling, setting and tempering time
Paul A. Young brings together an exciting flavour mix in these alcoholic truffles, with fragrant peppermint oil and potent absinthe for contrast. If you can't get hold of chocolate shells and edible metallic powder, simply allow the ganache to set in the fridge and roll into truffles - you can still have fun experimenting with different flavoured coatings once they're rolled.
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Add the water to a pan and bring to a simmer. Pour in the sugar and stir until all of the sugar has dissolved
200ml of water
100g of golden caster sugar
Add the chocolate to the liquid, whisking continuously until all of the chocolate has melted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool
250g of Caribbean 66% dark chocolate, broken into pieces
A dash at a time, add the absinthe to the chocolate and stir well. After each addition, taste the ganache to check how potent the flavour is. When all of the absinthe has been added, or the right flavour has been achieved, stir in the peppermint oil
100ml of absinthe, deluxe
3 drops of peppermint essential oil
Leave the ganache cool for 30 minutes, then pipe into the chocolate shells. Alternatively, you can leave in the fridge to set for 2 hours before rolling into balls and coating in cocoa powder
30 chocolate shells
When the ganache is tepid, transfer to a piping bag with a small nozzle. Pipe the ganache into the shells, leaving a 2mm gap before you reach the top so you can seal the chocolate later. Leave to set for at least 6 hours, ideally overnight
To cap the shells, dollop a small amount of tempered chocolate over the top of each chocolate to seal in the ganache. Use a pallet knife to scrape off any excess chocolate and allow to set for 20 minutes
300g of chocolate, tempered
To coat the entire shell, get your bowl of tempered chocolate ready and scoop some up in your hand. Pass the truffle between your hands, coating completely in chocolate and allowing the excess to drip off. Leave to set on some silicone paper for 20 minutes. Brush over some edible metallic powder to decorate
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