Farfetch and The Chocolate Factory
Farfetch are much better known for their beautiful designer boutique clothes than their chocolate making skills. Good thing too, as I can testify that clothing, shoes and chocolate don’t mix. My new beautiful brown leather boots can verify that claim. Lucky that most chocolate is brown in colour eh?
Even so, they invited me along to make some chocolate truffles and just in time for Easter.
Let me start by telling you a bit about Farfetch. They are an online community hosting over 400 fashion boutiques and boy do they have some amazing items in their midst. I could tell you all about my favourites, but then, as with chocolate, everyone has their own tastes, so I’ll invite you to take a look. Find a comfy seat, arm yourself with a chocolate or two and spend a few moments browsing their collections.
On to the chocolate side of things. Our chocolate connoisseurs for the evening were the lovely Lisa and Nathan from The Cocoa Box. Lisa shared her expertise on chocolate with a tasting and truffle making session and Nathan presented us with the most divine chocolate martinis (and kept us topped up).
Lisa also showed the patience of a saint when I got duly covered in the chocolate we were supposed to be piping. See I told you chocolate and clothing/shoes don’t mix! I pretty much had to be hosed down after the session. Annie, my partner in crime from AnnieThing for Food was also covered in truffle mixture. Had we been the truffles ourselves, we would have tasted so very good!
We first sampled two different dark chocolates and had to guess which one was the low quality and which one was better. That was easy. I love chocolate, especially good quality, dark chocolate. We then had to identify three different flavourings in the next samples. One was salt, another chilli, which were easy to identify and the final one was rose. That was much trickier to distiguish.
Then the lovely Lisa gave us a quick overview of the history of chocolate and how it is made, before demonstrating how we were to make our truffles.
Here’s the recipe below –
Makes about 40 truffles
Melt around 300g of chocolate over a bain marie, allow to cool a little, so the chocolate isn’t completely runny, but is still workable.
Add 150ml of double cream to the bowl and mix quickly together. The mixture will harden at a rapid pace, so you will need to ensure this is fully mixed before this happens.
Once the mixture has hardened, add to a piping bag and pipe the truffle mixture into long sausage shapes.
Cut these evenly into 50p piece sizes and using your fingers roll into a ball.
If you like, you can dip these in melted milk chocolate and decorate.
If the truffles are softening to the touch of your fingers, voila, no melted milk chocolate required, you can just decorate them (and eat the milk chocolate).
We decorated ours by rolling them in cocoa powder, vermicelli and raspberry dust. Delicious!
These are perfect to serve to guest at the end of a dinner party, pop in little bags to give as gifts or just to munch at home in your PJs for a Friday night treat.
After making, you should store these truffles in a fridge and eat within a week or so.
What do you think? Do my truffles look tasty?
A big thank you to Farfetch for inviting me to and The Cocoa Box for showing me how to make chocolate truffles. As always, my opinions are my own.
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