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chocolate truffles

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Silvia gave a big birthday party, so we brought along some truffles for the coffee.

First I melt 400gm of good quality dark chocolate. I use the microwave, but you have to be careful not to burn the chocolate. I bring 200 ml of fresh cream to the boil and when it has cooled a bit, I add it to the chocolate with two or three tablespoons of brandy (rum would be good too). I leave the mixture to cool and  thicken for an hour. Then, I whip it with the electric whisk and  put the mixture into the fridge to harden.(another hour). Finally I take teaspoons of the mixture, form  balls, roll them in cocoa powder and place each truffle in a paper case.

Store in the fridge for not more than two or three days… but they’ll never last that long, believe me!

warm chocolate sponge

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The centres of these little cakes should be runny, so timing in the oven is essential for the right result! (But even if they are cooked through, they’re still very nice.)

I melt 100 gm dark chocolate and 100 gm butter. I mix two egg yolks, two whole eggs and two tablespoons of sugar. I add the slightly cooled chocolate mix, two tablespoons of flour and a packet of baking powder. I pour into  9 well-buttered patty tins two thirds full. They rest in the fridge until I’m ready to cook. 6 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 180°C.

I serve them with orange icecream. Nice.