Christmas tea chocolate truffle recipe

This Christmas I am trying to go back a bit and doing some more homemade presents. As I am not that crafty foodie gifts are my favourite to make and give!

Anyone who loves chocolate will love these Christmas tea chocolate truffles. They are oh so easy and really delicious. The wonderful Christmas Tea is from The Tea Makers of London. After tasting some of their other seasonal tea’s, I jumped at the chance to taste their Christmas tea and come up with a recipe using it.

Firstly the tea does taste of Christmas. Rather than other Christmas tea’s I have tried before. The Christmas tea from The Tea Makers of London contains real tea too. In fact, it is 47% black tea. Which is of very good quality itself. With the addition of apple, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, orange, pink peppercorns and cloves. This taste like a proper cup of tea with the essence of Christmas added.

So those that love the proper tea will totally love this. I tried it both black and with a little milk and the milk, version was my favourite. I am not a fan of black tea and add milk to even Earl Grey my ultimate tea favourite!

This tea would be wonderful to serve with mince pies, Christmas cake or festive biscuits. I feel it will go down well with most people who like tea. I loved it and can think nothing better than going for a chilly walk and coming home to a pot of this Christmas tea and some Christmas cake.

It, of course, will also make a fantastic and welcome gift as will these Christmas truffles too. How about spoiling your gift recipient and making the perfect gift of Christmas Tea and Christmas Tea chocolate truffles. It goes without saying that the two partner beautifully together!

I recently did a chocolate workshop so I did learn that as long as you bring the cream to boil these chocolates will stay fresh out of the fridge for 2 weeks. So there is no need to do chocolate making on Christmas eve!

I also learned the way of making them vegan too. So the easiest swap is to change the double cream and butter to vegan alternatives.  The butter can also be swapped out for coconut oil.

I think these are gorgeous. You can taste the Christmas tea and it gives a wonderful Christmas flavour.  You can swap the dark chocolate for half milk to a less intense chocolate flavour. Obviously, for vegan, you need to find a vegan-friendly milk chocolate.

I think these Christmas tea truffles will be a perfect Christmas gift and the beauty of them is they taste really special but are seriously easy. Just a bit of time and I think people love that you have spent time on their gift too!

The Tea Makers of London also have some fantastic Christmas gifts for your tea loving family and friends. Check out their Christmas Shop where you will find tea and teaware gift sets, tea for connoisseurs, tea time treats and of course the Christmas Tea!

I hope you enjoy my recipe:

Christmas Tea Chocolate Truffles
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Servings
20-25 truffles dependant on size
Servings
20-25 truffles dependant on size
Christmas Tea Chocolate Truffles
Print Recipe
Servings
20-25 truffles dependant on size
Servings
20-25 truffles dependant on size
Ingredients
  • 300 ml double cream (or vegan alternative)
  • 300 g dark chocolate
  • 50 g butter (or vegan alternative)
  • 24 g Christmas Tea from The Tea Makers of London
  • A selection of coatings I used cocoa powder, chopped walnuts, crushed flaked toasted almonds and Christmas sprinkles.
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Chop the chocolate finely either by hand of putting it into the food processor and place in a bowl.
  2. Put the cream and butter into a saucepan and bring to the boil keeping it a steady boil for about 1 minute.
  3. Take the cream and butter mix off the heat and add the Christmas Tea. Let it seep for 8 minutes with a lid on the saucepan to keep the heat in.
  4. If you feel the cream mix temperature has dropped too much. Gently re-heat just to bring it back up to be able to melt the chocolate. Do not re-boil,
  5. Strain the Christmas tea cream mix using a sieve over the chocolate bowl.
  6. Whisk the cream into the choclate until all the chocolate has melted.
  7. Put in the fridge for two hours.
  8. Take out the fridge and leave just for a few minutes to soften.
  9. Then take spoonfuls of truffle mixture and rolled into desired size.
  10. Roll in your chosen coating and set aside, Repeat until all are done.
Recipe Notes

Troubleshooting: If you find the cream is not hot enough to melt the chocolate. Place the mixture in a heatproof bowl over a simmering saucepan of water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and continue at step 7.

You can make these truffles with a split of dark and milk chocolate (vegan use an alternative) for a lighter taste.

Truffles are freezable for up to 1 month. These will keep for two weeks out of the fridge as long as the cream has been boiled. You may also keep them in the fridge but this may affect their coatings particular cocoa power and Christmas sprinkles.

Recipe by Ali www.overacuppa.co.uk

 

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