Mandarin Oil Chocolate Truffles

Rachel Pitts, Serves 30

Ingredients

80 ml (1/3 cup) Mount Zero mandarin-pressed extra virgin olive oil

60 ml (1/4 cup) honey*

50 g butter*

100 g dark chocolate with 70% cacao, broken into pieces

20 g (1/4 cup) raw cacao powder, sifted if clumpy, plus extra to dust

*For vegan truffles, use maple syrup or rice malt syrup instead of honey, and coconut oil instead of butter (or coconut butter, which gives the firmest result)

Method

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and set it above a saucepan of water. Allow the water to come to the boil, then turn the heat down to low. Stir the chocolate mixture occasionally until completely melted and smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat.

You can either let the chocolate cool down in the bowl you melted it in, or for quicker cooling, scrape it into a second wide bowl. Transfer to the refrigerator for a few hours to set firmly.

Put some extra cacao powder in a bowl to use for dusting the truffles. Take the bowl of chocolate out of the fridge and use a teaspoon to scoop out a bite-sized amount of mixture, dropping it into the bowl of cacao. Toss it in the cacao, then use your fingers to squish the chocolate into a roughly round shape. Toss it in the cacao again, and this time roll it briefly in the palms of your hands to make a smooth ball. Place on a plate and continue making truffles with the rest of the mixture. Store the truffles in the refrigerator.

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Rachel Pitts
Why make truffles when you can just eat chocolate? Well, these are a lot better for you, with the goodness of olive oil and raw cacao included in your chocolatey hit – and they also make a block of chocolate go so much further.

Recipe Ingredients from the Mount Zero Range

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