Nutty Chocolate Truffles

The boys are gone to school filled with such excitement. Tonight is the night they have eagerly awaited for a very long time. At 9.30 this evening we will huddle up on the sofa and surround ourselves with goodies, as The Late Late Toy Show hits our television screens. There are still some similarities between what are my favourite childhood memories and what will be my children's and this is near the top of the list. Jack and TiarnĂ¡n love to help with the preparation of the snacks, so everything we're making is pretty easy to prepare. Jack will make us hot chocolate using his own recipe. While TiarnĂ¡n, who loves a little savoury at any party,  has planned to make some hummus to accompany a big bowl of Keogh's Crisps.
I love the combination of creamy chocolate with peanuts, popcorn or indeed crisps, so with this in mind, I decided to make some nutty chocolate truffles for tonight's feast. They are so easy to make but are totally scrumptious. They would be perfectly placed as an after-dinner treat, with a coffee, at a dinner party. They would also make a rather tasty gift, for a loved one at Christmas.

200g chocolate, I used 46% cocoa
100ml cream
25g butter
A handful of peanuts, plus
100g peanuts, chopped
Cocoa powder, for dusting


1. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, over a saucepan pan of just-boiled water. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter and cream together. Just before it comes to the boil, remove from heat. Very gradually stir into the melted chocolate. Whisk gently, for about 5 minutes, until smooth and thick. Pour into a medium-sized bowl and chill for about 2hrs.
2. Scoop up a teaspoonful of truffle mix and push a peanut into the centre. The chocolate mix will melt with the heat of your hands so you must work quickly. Shape into a ball, then roll in the chopped peanuts. For the non-peanut eaters simply dust with a little cocoa. Repeat with remaining mix, then chill. These Chocolate Truffles can then be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.


Siobhan said...

My small one set off to school this morning full of the joys for The Late Late Toy Show tonight too. However not before telling me to bring home lots of goodies to munch through watching it. I love how our childhood traditions become theirs too. Happy watching :)

Life, Loves and...... said...

It's a real institution in Ireland the late late toy show now matter what age you are! Looking forward to it myself. Truffles look yum, need to think of an alternative to nuts,Hubbie won't eat them and I will end up eating them all myself,,, not good

Sue/the view from great island said...

Your photos are stunning, just gorgeous. I love truffles, and have been gathering my ingredients for a truffle making day this week. I've never heard of the Late Night Toy Show, I'm going to look it up, sounds fun!

Donna OShaughnessy said...

If I am offered the act of reincarnation (don't beleive in it but stil...) I will ask to come back as one of YOUR children. Ti cook and make snacks with you must be heaven for them. As always...nice Job Nessa PS only 3 weeks and I'm back in Ireland for my annual trip. Can't wait!

Nessa Robins said...

Isn't it great, Boni. I hope you had a lovely evening.
Hi J. Just leave out the peanuts completely and dust generously with cocoa powder. Hope you like them!
Well Sue, The Late Late Show is a weekly chat show, here in Ireland,& each year they host a Toy Show - showing off the season's favourite toys, with lots of singing etc by very talented kids. It's fun for children and adults alike to watch!
Donna you are so funny! Believe me every day isn't filled with fun & treats :) You'll have a great time over here. Give me a shout if you are looking for any advice on where to visit etc.