It’s that time of year again, and it really has come around quickly (I swear I say the same thing every year though!).
It’s time for Christmas baking!
At work we’ve been baking Christmas cakes, gingerbread men, panforte, mince pies and nougat. The smell of beautiful Christmas spices is constantly wafting through the kitchen. So much so that they had me eager to start on Christmas at home.
It is really hot here over Christmas though, and it was particularly warm when I wanted to get baking, so this year I’m sharing a hot-weather-friendly Christmas treat – truffles.
I love the peppermint flavour through these truffles. It’s beautifully refreshing, particularly after dinner, and the chopped up peppermint candy on top adds a little Christmas colour and sparkle.
I also love that they’re squares! They’re so cute and would be perfect as little Christmas gifts, packed nicely into a pretty box (but feel free to roll these into the traditional balls if you wish).
And if you’re planning your Christmas baking, make sure you check out my holiday baking posts from past years – there’s gingerbread men, Christmas spiced shortbread, and gingerbread macarons with eggnog buttercream. X
- 455g peppermint infused dark chocolate (1 pound), finely chopped (I used Lindt)
- 150ml thickened cream
- 15ml corn (glucose) syrup
- 70g unsalted butter, softened and cubed
- 2 bars of Peppermint Crisp, finely chopped
- Grease and line an 8 x 8 inch pan with baking paper.
- Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set aside.
- Pour the cream and glucose into a medium saucepan and bring to just under the boil.
- Pour the cream over the chocolate, allow to stand for 2-3 minutes, then stir to combine, starting in the center and working outwards, until all the chocolate is melted.
- Mix in the butter until you have a smooth, glossy mixture.
- Pour into the prepared pan and refrigerate until set.
- Remove the truffle from the pan and use a hot knife to cut into 1 inch squares.
- Top each truffle with some of the Peppermint Crisp and serve.
- Makes approx 30 truffles.
- Happy holiday baking!
Truffle recipe adapted from Tartine.