Thursday, 28 February 2013

Coffee and Chocolate Truffles

These truffles are simply divine. Homemade, rich in chocolate and coffee flavour are much better than those available in supermarkets. They are also lower in carbohydrates and served with nice coffee make a special treat for diabetics. I don’t recommend to have them all at once (with carbs you would be kind of ok but with calories a bit less!). You can refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

I didn’t add any extra sweetener as they were sweet enough for me but if you like add a bit of splenda or stevia.

Ingredients (make 24 truffles):
250g mascarpone
100g dark chocolate (I used Sainsbury, 29.3g carb in 100g)
20g cocoa powder (green &blacks the best!)
70g ground almond
1.5 tbsp. instant coffee

For decoration:
2 tbsp. cocoa powder

1.    In a bowl over simmering water melt the chocolate. Leave the mixture to cool to room temperature.
2.    Dissolve instant coffee and cocoa powder in 2 tbsp. of hot water. Leave it to cool down slightly
3.    Using electric mixer blend mascarpone cheese slightly (just for a few seconds) and add coffee and cocoa mixture and melted chocolate. Mix for few more seconds.
4.    Fold in ground almond to get a smooth texture.
5.    Put the mixture in a fridge for about an hour.
6.    Form little truffles (the whole mixture makes about 24 truffles)
7.    Sift in cocoa powder in a large bowl. Place 3 or 4 truffles at the time in a bowl and shake it so the truffles get nicely covered with cocoa powder.
8.    Put in a fridge for about 10 minutes. 
Carbohydrates and Calories:
Whole mixture
1 truffle
Source: Adapted from Moje Wypieki

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