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Italian Chocolate Truffles

These are flavoured with almonds and chocolate, and are simplicity itself to make. Served with coffee, they are the perfect end to a meal.

ingredients

makes 24
175 g (6 oz) dark chocolate
2 tbsp almond-flavoured liqueur (amaretto) or orange-flavoured liqueur
40 g (1 1/2 oz) 3 tbsp unsalted butter
50 g (1 3/4 oz) icing (confectioners') sugar
50 g (1 3/4 oz) 1/2 cup ground almonds
50 g (1 3/4 oz) grated milk chocolate

method

1. Melt the dark chocolate with the liqueur in a bowl set over a saucepan of hot water, stirring until well combined.

2. Add the butter and stir until it has melted. Stir in the icing (confectioners') sugar and the ground almonds.

3. Leave the mixture in a cool place until firm enough to roll into 24 balls.

4. Place the grated chocolate on a plate and roll the truffles in the chocolate to coat them.

5. Place the truffles in paper sweet (candy) cases and chill.

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