Monday, 31 August 2015

Dark Chocolate Nutella Truffles - How to Rescue Seized Chocolate

Sweet Nutella meets dark chocolate in these grown up truffles perfect to give away as a present or to keep to treat yourself.
Dark Chocolate Nutella Truffles - and how to rescue seized chocolate
Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, a brilliant idea goes badly wrong. You might feel so disheartened, only to have the feeling compounded when you have to throw the results in the bin. You know there is no hope of rescue, especially with seized chocolate. It's good for almost nothing. This is what almost happened to these truffles.
Dark Chocolate Nutella Truffles - and how to rescue seized chocolate
I wasn't even intending to make truffles. The mixture was in fact en route to go on the top of these cupcakes as a ganache but then fate, and the microwave, intervened. I was melting the chocolate with some Nutella and evaporated milk in the microwave on medium power when I took the bowl out to give the mixture a stir and the whole thing had turned into an uncooperative mass. I was devastated. Seized chocolate is a pretty rookie mistake. I had used the same technique successfully many times before so I couldn't figure out what I had done wrong. I turned around to head to the bin whn in a last ditch attempt I diverted myself to the Nutella jar and risked adding another scoop. 
Dark Chocolate Nutella Truffles - and how to rescue seized chocolate
It was a miracle. By slowly stirring in that extra helping of Nutella I managed to coax the seized chocolate mixture into something which was just easy enough to manipulate. But what to make with rescued seized chocolate? Truffle of course! By a stroke of luck and a touch of genius these truffle turned out to be a wonder of luxury. Sweet, nectarous Nutella melds with the cocoa punch of the dark chocolate and the richness of the evaporated milk. A dusting of cocoa and icing sugar provides a bittersweet finish. Each one is a little bite of pleasure.
Dark Chocolate Nutella Truffles - and how to rescue seized chocolate
After eating one three of the truffles I knew I had to use them up quickly. Baking them into the centre of cupcakes seemed like a brilliant idea but then I went one better and wrapped them up for my dark chocolate loving friend for her birthday. I received a text the day after her birthday saying she had tried them both from the fridge and softened slightly at room temperature and loved them both. So there you go. It isn't just me.


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Dark Chocolate Nutella Truffles
Sweet Nutella meets dark chocolate in these grown up truffles perfect to give away as a present or to keep to treat yourself.
Ingredients
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp evaporated milk
  • 1 tbsp scoop Nutella
  • Icing sugar and cocoa powder (optional)
Instructions
1. Place the chocolate, Nutella and evaporated milk in a suitable bowl and heat in the microwave on medium power. Stir the mixture every 15 seconds or so.2. Once the mixture is fully melted and combined, set aside to cool to room temperature and then place in the fridge.3. Once the mixture has set, remove from the fridge and roll into balls as big as you want your truffles. Roll in the cocoa powder and icing sugar to finish if you wish.

I'm sending these truffles off to Elizabeth for the No Waste Food Challenge - hopefully more people will be inspired to save their seized chocolate mixtures. 

6 comments:

  1. Well done! Seized chocolate is sometimes unexpected and unpredictable and happens for no explicable reason. Great that you could rescue it so stunningly! The truffles sound lush xx

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    1. I was rather relieved - and rather pleased with myself!

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  2. A fantastic rescue, well done you! Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge - this is a perfect entry! :)

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