Chocolate Brownie Truffles

Isn’t it funny, how even though Mothers Day cards and gifts are waved in our faces as soon as you step into any sort of shop, we all seem to be rushing to the card shop on Saturday trying to find a remotely suitable card. When you were younger, it was ok because you had to make cards at school. Cards which probably had some sort of flower, maybe even a heart on, with a message inside that read something like “To Mummy. You are the best Mummy in the whole world. Thank you for making my packed lunch for me. Lots of love (your name) xxxxxxxxxx”. As your language skills develop you might throw in a few adjectives like “kind” and “caring”. Generally, when it comes to card buying, I tend to go for funny cards. I can’t stand those slushy sentimental ones. I like ones with puns. They are probably my favourite. It’s always a little disappointing when the recipient doesn’t find the card as funny as I do. Which reminds me, I better go get a card!!

Mum’s always say “oh it’s ok, you don’t have to get me anything” or something along those lines when asked what they want for Mothers Day. At least mine does anyways! But it’s a lie! Of course they want something but who wants to be seen asking for a gift thats essentially saying “you da best”? Ya dig.
So then comes the next predicament. Money. As a child you are don’t have enough to get anything decent, so Dad chips in. Then you briefly reach an age where you are working and have a bit of disposable income so you can get a half decent gift. Then you’re a student and back to being skint. To deal with that you have two options a) attempt to make something, after all “it’s the thought that counts” or b) hope your sibling(s) will foot the bill, especially if they are older!

Seeing as my brother is not even in the same country, he has to make an extra effort which of courses translates to, spend more money. Excellent. That leaves me with the job of picking a gift (from both of us) and cooking dinner. Naturally.
I have for you THE PERFECT homemade gift. Chocolate Brownie Truffles. As soon as you say the word truffles everyone is like “O fancy!” But these are sooooo easy to make! Even you novices can’t get this wrong (i don’t think)! With no fussy, fancy ingredients you can whip this up in no time! They have to set overnight in the fridge so make them on Friday. That buys you some time just in case they go wrong. Which they won’t haha! I remember one of my first attempts at making my Mum breakfast in bed. If I recall correctly, she got cereal and a mug of milk. I didn’t know how to make Indian tea you see. Poor thing. What a grim breakfast haha.

These little bites of goodness make for an impressive gift no matter who the recipient is and they are pretty cheap to make. You will probably find a few of the ingredients lurking at the back of your cupboard anyways. And all you need to wrap them is some baking parchment and string! Now if your Mum really doesn’t like them or you somehow mess them up, just blame the internet. Not me specifically, because I will not be held responsible for your incompetence in the kitchen!! Or blame your equipment, say the oven temperature wasn’t stable! Having said that “it’s the thought that counts”so you Mum simply can’t get mad at you!

 

Recipe 

Original recipe which I adapted slightly, can be found here.

Serves: Yo Mamma
Prep Time: 10mins (pre cooking) + 10 mins (post cooking)
Cooking Time: 22 mins
Skill Level: Your 3 yr old sister could make them (with adult supervision)


Equipment
Saucepan
Whisk
Square oven tin (lined with baking parchment)*
Sieve
Baking parchment and string (for wrapping)
*The smaller the tin, the thicker your truffles will be, but you don’t want the tin to be too big. It is VERY important that you line your tin otherwise it is extremely hard to get the truffles out in one piece! You want to make sure there is enough parchment left overhanging to enable you to pick it up (along with the brownie) in one larger square.
Ingredients
85ml full fat milk 
2tbsp caster sugar
100g good quality dark chocolate (such as Green & Blacks)
85g butter (softened)
1 egg (beaten)
2tsp plain flour
¼tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla essence

½tsp cocoa powder

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c/180c fan/Gas 6.
  2. In a saucepan, bring to low simmer milk and sugar over a low heat until sugar has dissolved. (Do not over boil!!)
  3. Remove from heat, add chocolate and stir until chocolate has melted. (Best to break the chocolate into squares, it will melt quicker).
  4. Add butter and stir until butter has melted. (It is imperative that the butter is softened otherwise you will get stubborn bits of butter that don’t melt!)
  5. Add beaten egg, salt and vanilla essence. Stir until all ingredients have combined. 
  6. Add flour and stir until combined.
  7. Pour the chocolate mix into a LINED baking tin.
  8. Bake for about 22mins. Leave to cool before covering and putting in the fridge to set overnight.
  9. THE NEXT DAY lift the brownie truffle square straight out of the tin.
  10. Cut into squares using a sharp knife.
  11. Using a sieve sprinkle cocoa powder over squares and jumble them about a bit so all sides of the squares get covered.
  12. Transfer the squares to a clean bit of baking parchment. Bring up the sides of the parchment and tie together forming a little bundle of chocolate brownie truffles. 
GET BAKING & EARN SOME BROWNIE POINTS 
Don’t forget to check out the Sound Bite to go with this recipe. Click HERE.
FUNKY

KBx

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