Champagne Truffles

Champagne Truffles

These Champagne truffles are made with 70% dark chocolate, double cream, brandy butter, vanilla extract and sparkling wine. They are super easy to make and taste divine. Really.

Many Christmases ago, I attempted to make Champagne truffles and … well, it was a fun time. I added far too much sparkling wine to the recipe and in order for it to set I had to add crushed icecream cones to make it solidify. It actually tasted great in the end. But it was messy and looked it.

It occurred to me recently that the real problem was that maybe there wasn’t enough solid fat for it to set. I was in the supermarket and saw a tub of brandy butter and thought what if I tried making them again with butter rather than cream. I did. They’re fantastic and so easy to make. Especially if you love dark chocolate. These are heady and dark and I love them.

Unfortunately the recipe that inspired these no longer is online, Martha Stewart‘s Sparkling Champagne Truffles. Did the original recipe use butter or cream? I have no idea. To be honest I almost never manage to follow a recipe to the letter. I don’t know exactly what happens. But something usually does.

I tried a few different toppings. The cocoa powder is very quick to do. But grated milk chocolate is definitely what works best.

The truffles were coated in granulated sugar to give them a sparkling look.

I didn’t remember to buy granulated sugar. But I can tell you that caster sugar isn’t a good substitute because it becomes moist and makes the truffles more sticky rather than less so. I added some dried rose petals to the caster sugar. This worked, but not that well. They did look pretty though.

I also tried coating the truffles in cocoa powder, which was very quick and easy to do. The problem is they made the truffles taste that touch too dark. Also after an hour or two the cocoa powder is moist and dark. They aren’t sticky but to give them the nice look of cocoa powder, you need to dust them again.

I also tried finely grated milk chocolate and it works great. It gives a properly dry coating to the truffles. Even after leaving them overnight in a covered dish in the fridge the truffles with the grated milk chocolate, they looked the exact same. They were just a bit more solid – which was perfect.

Ingredients for champagne truffles
Grated dark chocolate, brandy butter, double cream, vanilla extract, sparkling wine

Champagne Truffles

Makes approx, 50

Champagne Truffles

Ingredients

  • 230g 70% dark chocolate, grated
  • 200g brandy butter
  • 250g double cream
  • vanilla extract
  • 150ml sparkling wine, room temperature
  • milk chocolate for coating, grated

Instructions

  1. Place the grated dark chocolate in a deep bowl.
  2. In a saucepan gently heat the brandy cream and double cream. Stir frequently. When the butter has all melted, increase the heat a little, keep stirring and heat until it starts to boil.
  3. Pour the boiling cream into the grated dark chocolate. Stir around until it is all smoothly mixed together.
  4. Cover the bowl and leave in the fridge for 4 hours, or preferably overnight, to set. If you can't resist checking it every so often, taking a spoon, and stirring it up again, don't worry this won't affect it.
  5. When ready to decorate the truffles, grate about 50g of milk chocolate and spread it over a large dinner plate.
  6. Scrape out a teaspoon of the chocolate from the deep bowl. Shape the chocolate into the desired shape by gently pinching it with your fingers. The chocolate melts easily in your hands, so rolling the chocolate between your palms isn't really an option.
  7. Roll the shaped ball of chocolate in the grated milk chocolate. Place in an air-tight container, lined with baking paper, and store in the fridge until you want to serve them.These should keep good for 3 days in the fridge, possibly longer. They can also be frozen.
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champagne truffles set solid after a few hours in the fridge
The chocolate sets solid after a few hours in the fridge. It has the consistency of fudgy butter and you can easily shape it with your fingers – it melts like butter too though.
Champagne Truffles
Champagne Truffles – top with grated milk chocolate. Enjoy!
Champagne truffles - wishing everyone peace, joy and happiness
Have a very happy holidays!