Easter Recipe: Paul A Young's triple sweet chocolate truffles

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The fine chocolatier shares his secret for the perfect Easter treat...

Easter chocolate truffles recipe
Don't just give in to shop bought Easter eggs this year, make it extra special by creating your own indulgent chocolate truffles guaranteed to spoil your friends and family.

Paul A Young, of the eponymous Paul A Young Fine Chocolates has created the innovative and indulgent Easter treat; the limited edition Billington's Triple Sweet Truffles. These delightfully tasty truffles are available from Paul A Young's London-based stores and make an excellent gift for a foodie friend or chocolate connoisseur.

The sense of smugness that comes from creating your own truffles will make for the best Easter ever.

Paul A Young's triple sweet chocolate truffles recipe

Ingredients

For the ganache:
250ml Water
75g Billington's Unrefined Light Muscovado
125g Billington's Molasses
500g Michel Cluizel 50% Madagascan milk chocolate or milk chocolate of 40% and above cocoa percentage, chopped into very small pieces

For the coating:
300g 70% Cocoa solids dark chocolate – Valrhona Guanaja or other preferred dark chocolate
150g 100% Cocoa solids Madagascan dark chocolate
100g Billington's Dark Muscovado

To roll your truffles:
50g Cocoa powder

Method

For the ganache:
Bring the water, molasses and light muscovado to a simmer, until all the sugar has melted. Pour on the chopped chocolate and whisk well until very smooth and thick.

Pour into a food container and allow to cool, then refrigerate for at least two hours.

To roll your truffles:
Once your ganache is refrigerated and set, scoop out nuggets of the ganache to your required size and place on to a parchment-lined baking tray.

Using the cocoa powder to dust your finger, so the ganache doesn't stick, roll the ganache into even balls. Place back onto the sheet and pop back into the fridge for half an hour.

For the coating:
Chop both the chocolates into small pieces and mix together in a glass or metal mixing bowl.

Place on a pan of very hot, but not boiling, water, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Melt for at least an hour, mixing occasionally. This will give you a good and even melt on the chocolate and the finished result will be smooth and silky.

Tempering your chocolate:
Be brave and work swiftly. If it goes wrong, lumpy or sets too quickly, you can re-melt your chocolate and start again, so nothing is wasted. Practice makes perfect.

Melt the chocolate for at least an hour, using the same method detailed above. The chocolate should be at 55­­°C - you can check this with a digital thermometer. Take the chocolate off the heat and wipe the bottom of the bowl to remove any water.

Pour the chocolate onto a marble or glass slab, leaving a small amount in the bowl (about a quarter).

Spread the chocolate across the slab with the pallet knife then scrape back into the middle of the slab, this can be a bit tricky at first but keep going as it won't take long to master. Repeat this process until the chocolate on the slab has cooled to 27°C (the temperature chocolate begins to set/crystalize).

Once at this stage, quickly scrape the chocolate back into the bowl with the warm remaining chocolate and mix very well. The temperature of the chocolate should now be at 31°C/32°C, which is the working temperature, meaning you can coat, mould and create anything from the chocolate.

Dip the end of the pallet knife into the chocolate and allow it to set. If it is smooth and shiny, then you have tempered chocolate.

Finishing your truffles:
Using your fingers, dipped in the tempered chocolate, roll the truffle to put a thin layer of chocolate around the ganache.

Once they are set, repeat the process and before the chocolate sets sprinkle the dark muscovado on top of the truffle. They will set quickly, within a couple of minutes, and then they are ready for you to indulge.

Storing Suggestion:
Keep your truffles in a cool place, but not the fridge. They will last seven days. Finish your Easter gift by placing in cellophane bags with ribbons, or in half an Easter egg, or use the truffles to decorate the top of your traditional Simnel cake.

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