After Christmas we had some 100% chocolate or cocao left over. This is essentially unsweetened extract from the cocoa bean, it has a very strong tasting and is a bit bitter.
As we also have some stevia powder I thought we would have a go at making some home made truffles. The recipe is very simple 250g 100% chocolate and 250g Double cream. Heat the cream in a saucepan to a simmer and dissolve about 4 teaspoonfuls of stevia powder in it. The chocolate needed to be melted gently. We used the microwave to help with this but could have done it in a bowl above hot water.
The cream was mixed gradually into the chocolate stirring all the time to make a smooth mixture. We tasted it to see if it was sweet enough and decided a little more stevia would be good. To make them more interesting we added rum to some of the mixture and Peppermint Oil to the rest.
The mixture was cooled in the fridge for about an hour before being shaped and rolled in cocoa powder.
The results were very good; the truffles had a wonderful intense flavour. .