Chocolate Lavender Truffles
The first time I tried lavender truffles was a few years ago when I was given a box of them as a gift, they came from a boutique chocolate shop in the North Island of New Zealand. I believe Schoc Cholcolate in Wellington also produce a lavender chocolate tablet/bar. Since then I have often thought of recreating them myself since they were so unusual and very delicious and a basic truffle mix is very easy to create. With a little experimenting infusing fresh lavender this is the recipe I have created. I would only recommend using the fine stalked English lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) from your garden, other lavenders can be too pungent in flavour which will be over powering in taste.
- 200 ml whipping cream
- 300g bitter chocolate (70% cocoa)
- 4 lavender heads in bloom
- Additional chocolate to coat truffles or cocoa powder
- Finely chop the chocolate into small pieces, this will help it melt when combining with the cream later on.
- Remove the petal from the buds and put aside (see picture for lavender shortbread).
- Place cream and lavender heads without the petals in a pan and heat to almost a simmer. The petals get used later.
- Remove from the heat and swirl the lavender around in the pan and leave for several minutes.
- Taste the cream for flavour, you should be able to taste a light lavender flavour only.
- Remove the lavender heads and and squeeze lightly to extract more lavender essence.
- Add the finely chopped chocolate to the cream and stir till melted, this forms a ganache.
- Add the lavender petals to the ganache.
- Place the ganache in the fridge and allow it to set but not too hard.
- Form truffles with two spoons by scooping up a spoon of the mixture and taking it off that spoon with the second spoon. This will form and oval shape. It really doesn’t matter what shape you do, just don’t use your hands as they will be too warm to handle the truffles and you will end up with a chocolate mess!
You can dip the truffles in melted bitter chocolate, or role them in cocoa powder. The picture above shows the truffles in dipped chocolate and dusted with cocoa. The dipped chocolate where more popular hence only two in the photo, you have to be quick with the camera in our house…things don’t last very long!