National Afternoon Tea Week - Make Your Own Truffles
There must be something in the summer air, because we're talked about food a lot on the blog this past couple of weeks. But, to be fair, it is a major part of your wedding day, and thus it deserves to be talked about. One of our age-old wedding breakfast favourites is afternoon tea. Sophisticated, stylish and scrumptious to boot, afternoon tea is a perfect treat for your guests. As luck would have it, this week is National Afternoon Tea Week, but we thought you might be inundated with pictures of scones and jam and vintage china. Instead, we're gifting you with a DIY project to satisfy your afternoon tea desires - how to make your own fuss-free, guilt-free truffles. Perch these on tiered cake stands alongside homemade finger sandwiches and slabs of cake, and you've got the ideal wedding food (both ideal in taste and ideal in that they're effortless to make). Sorted!
I have to confess, I am a sugar addict. I live for sweet treats and often decide on my dessert before anything else when in a restaurant (much to the disdain of my partner I have to say). However for the sake of living a balanced and healthy lifestyle, I have to control my frequent urges to lunge for my favourite chocolate bar and simply settle for one of my five-a-day.
I then had a light bulb moment and thought, there must be a way of enjoyably consuming my five-a-day whilst satisfying my sweet tooth at the same time. Tah-dah, I introduce to you – Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles.
You Will Need:
o 1 medium sized avocado, ripe
o 285g dark chocolate
o 2 tbsp cocoa powder
1. Cut the avocado in half and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Mash the avocado until it is lump free. (I know you are all thinking this is how you make guacamole, but hang on in there).
2. Take half the amount of chocolate, roughly chop into small pieces and set aside.
Note – step 2 is optional. Adding the chocolate chunks will give your truffles a bit of crunch, but if you would prefer a completely smooth and creamy texture, just miss step 2 out.
3. Melt the rest of the chocolate in a microwavable bowl. The best way to do this is break the chocolate into squares and microwave it in 20-second intervals until all the chocolate is melted and smooth.
4. Add the avocado and chocolate chunks to the melted chocolate and mix well.
5. Refrigerate the mixture for around an hour.
6. After what may feel like a rather antagonising hour wait, remove the mixture from the fridge and scoop out 1tbsp at a time, rolling into balls with the palms of your hands.
7. Put the cocoa powder on a plate and roll each ball in the cocoa until they are completely covered.
8. Place your healthy truffles back in the fridge until you are ready to serve them, or devour them immediately, your choice.
And there you have it, a recipe that is guilt-free and most certainly fuss-free with just 3 ingredients and a few easy steps to follow. As the saying goes, here are some I made earlier, pictured with some chocolate covered strawberries, which I quickly rustled up with the left over chocolate in the hour I had to wait for the truffle mixture to harden (also guilt-free I must add).