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The perfect homemade Mother's Day gift - Passionfruit truffles

by Sarah Alcock

If you want to give your mum something original for Mother's Day, food blogger Emma Gardner's passionfruit truffles are the perfect gift. They're really easy to make, but will look like they've been crafted by a master chocolatier. Present them, like we have, in a pretty vintage teacup, or pack them into a little white box tied with ribbon. If you make them now, they'll keep in the fridge until Sunday.

What gift will you be making your mum this Sunday? We'd love to hear your ideas – tell us in the comments box below.

PASSIONFRUIT TRUFFLES

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe passionfruit
  • 50g dark chocolate
  • 50g milk chocolate
  • 75ml double cream
  • 15g light brown soft sugar
  • 15g cocoa powder, for rolling

Method

  1. Place a sieve over a small bowl. Halve the passionfruit and scrape the contents into the sieve. Use a spoon to squish as much of the pulp through the sieve as possible – it should give roughly 1 tablespoon.
  2. Chop the dark and milk chocolate into small chunks and place in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Pour the double cream into a small pan and stir in the brown sugar. Place over a medium heat until it’s just starting to steam and bubble, then pour this mixture over the chocolate.
  4. Push the chocolate pieces underneath the cream mixture and leave for 30 seconds.
  5. Stir the chocolate and cream mixture until all the chocolate lumps have gone and it’s thick and glossy. Stir in the passionfruit pulp.
  6. Cover with clingfilm, cool and chill for 2 hours or until set.
  7. Tip the cocoa powder into a shallow bowl. Take a teaspoon of the set ganache and drop it into the cocoa. Roll it around in the bowl to form a rough ball – the truffles will be soft but should hold their shape.
  8. Transfer the truffles to a plate. Repeat until you’ve used up all the ganache.
  9. Chill the truffles for 1 hour to firm up. Return to room temperature before serving.

Tip

Using good-quality milk and dark chocolate makes all the difference, so use the best you can afford.

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