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Monday, 20 February 2012

‘No Cook’ Chocolate and Coconut Truffles Recipe

This recipe was in a friend’s town magazine and was a suggestion for children to make for Mothers Day.  Well as I was dying for some chocolate today and had none in the house I could resist temptation no longer and decided to give the recipe a try.  It is extremely easy, although it is a bit mucky to roll it into balls – but that’s only because I hate getting my hands messy, kids and dads will probably love it.

They taste absolutely gorgeous, sort of chocolatey and chewy – very like chocolate macaroons I have had in the past.

All you need is a mixing bowl, scales, spoon and something to lay them flat in the fridge to set properly (although I shouldn’t think they will stick together if you pile them up).  The only slight ‘cooking bit’ is melting the butter if it isn’t a warm day.  Just pop it in the microwave with the milk in the mixing bowl (for about 30 seconds – depends on how soft the butter already is – just try for 30 secs and if not long enough, for a little longer until runny or almost runny – if you stir it round the rest will go runny but you don’t want it to start bubbling – you only need to melt it, not cook it).

'No Cook' Chocolate and Coconut Truffles

50g (2 oz) butter (or margarine)
60ml (4 tablespoons) milk

75g (3 oz) caster sugar
25g (1 oz) cocoa powder
100g (4 oz) oats
100g (4 oz) desiccated coconut
25g (1 oz) chopped nuts
15ml (1 tablespoon) milk

To make
1.    Melt butter and 4 tbsps milk together until runny
2.    Add all the rest of the ingredients and mix well
3.    Allow to cool (if still warm)
4.    Form into small balls
5.    Place on baking tray or plate
6.    Put in fridge for a couple of hours to allow them to set firmly

If you want to make them look professional or for a gift you can roll them in coconut, chocolate powder or vermicelli after rolling them into balls and / or put into sweet cases.  Then you could tuck them into a box or basket to give as a present.

They can of course be made without nuts – just replace with more coconut instead.

Other suggestions are to add ground almond instead of the nuts, add a couple of drops of almond or vanilla essence.  You could probably use coffee (mixed with the milk and cooled) instead of the cocoa powder for coffee truffles instead.  I am sure there are many slight alterations that can be tried.  This is the first time I have used this recipe so I haven’t yet tried playing around with alternatives.  

Enjoy J

Ooh one thing I meant to add – it makes more than shown in the photos – some had already been nabbled by the time I got the camera!

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