Homemade Gifts And Easy Homemade Truffles

I love homemade gifts as they are all unique and they take time and energy to make them.  It shows the person who receives the gift, how important they are to you.

I think a homemade gift, is a gift that is given from the heart and not just from your bank account.

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Yesterday, I made homemade truffles for my friend’s birthday.  I bought a lovely little gift box and lined it with tissue paper and tied a nice ribbon around it.  I was very pleased with how it looked and I would have loved to receive it.

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Tomorrow I am on Radio Leicester, on the Tony Wadsworth show at 10am.  I love going into the studio with Tony, as he is so welcoming and always makes me laugh.

One of the things I wanted to talk about is homemade Christmas presents.  So I also bought another gift box and filled this with truffles for the Radio Leicester crew to share.

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In the box, I placed a little label which describes each truffle:

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There are two different truffles in the box:

White Chocolate, Apricot And Brandy Truffles and Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles.

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I am really pleased with these and I think they demonstrate that homemade presents can look really good too.

Below is the recipes for each truffle.

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White Chocolate, Apricot And Brandy Truffles

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¾ cup madeira sponge cake crumbs

¼ cup icing sugar

¼ cup ground almonds

½ cup finely chopped dried apricots

2 tablespoons double cream

50g white cooking chocolate

1 tablespoon brandy (optional)

½ cup desiccated coconut for coating

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Mix together the cake crumbs, ground almonds, icing sugar and apricots in a bowl.

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Quarter fill a pan with water and heat until boiling.  Turn the heat down so the water just simmers and put a heat proof bowl over the pan.  Melt the white chocolate in the heatproof bowl and then stir in the cream.

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Add the chocolate and cream mix to the cake crumb mix, together with the brandy. Mix it  until combined.

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Roll the mixture into balls and then roll the balls gently over the desiccated coconut, to coat them. Place on a paper-lined tray or mini cake cases and chill for 4 hours or overnight.

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These truffles will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.

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Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles

¾ cup madeira sponge cake crumbs

¼ cup icing sugar

¼ cup ground almonds

1 tablespoon rum (or 2-3 drops rum essence)

1 teaspoon lemon juice

50g dark cooking chocolate

2 tablespoon of pouring cream

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The Icing:

1/3 cup sifted icing sugar

2 tablespoons butter

30g cooking chocolate

2 teaspoons rum (or 1-2 drops rum essence)

¾ cup chocolate sprinkles

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Mix the cake crumbs, ground almonds, rum and lemon juice in a bowl.

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Melt the chocolate in the heat proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.

Pour the melted chocolate into the cake mixture and add the cream.  Mix until the ingredients are all combined and then roll the mixture into small balls.

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Put the balls onto a piece of greaseproof paper and allow them to harden in the fridge for approximately 4 hours or overnight.

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Next make the Icing:

Melt the chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.

Stir in sifted icing sugar and rum and stir until it is all combined and smooth.  It should be the  consistency of runny cream.  If it’s too thick add a little bit of warm water from your kettle.

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Insert a cocktail stick into the truffle and coat it in the chocolate

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Straight after, dip it into a bowl with the chocolate sprinkles in.

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Put the truffles on greaseproof paper and put them in the fridge for another two hours to chill.

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These truffles will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.

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