Cherry chocolate truffles

The big, fruity flavours of a port like Quady’s Batch 88 are the perfect match for chocolate. These truffles, studded with fresh, juicy pieces of cherry and rolled in chopped hazelnuts, make the ideal after-dinner treat and will seriously impress your guests – but shhh, don’t mention how easy they are to make.

Cherry Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Ingredients

Makes 18-20

  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 150ml double cream
  • 50g chocolate
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • A handful of fat black cherries
  • 50g chopped hazelnuts

Method

  1. Start by warming the butter and double cream in a small pan, until the butter has melted and the cream is just starting to froth.
  2. Next, break up the chocolate in a bowl, and pour the warmed cream and butter over the top. Stir until the chocolate melts and you have a smooth, well-combined mixture.
  3. Remove the stones from the cherries and chop them as finely as you can, then stir them through the chocolate. Cover the bowl and put in the fridge overnight.
  4. To finish the truffles off, first spread the chopped hazelnuts out on a plate. Scoop out a spoonful of the set chocolate mixture and use your hands to shape it into a ball around the size of a cherry. Roll in chopped hazelnuts and repeat with the rest of the mixture. Store in the fridge until you want to serve.
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