Here are my my favourite marmalade making tips to make sure your next batch of marmalade comes out absolutely perfect.
1. Start with the right fruit
Marmalade is made using citrus fruits, traditionally these are Seville Oranges. The only problem is that Seville Oranges are in season only in January/February and are not always sold in all supermarkets. If you do find them in your local supermarket, buy few extra kilos and freeze them as you can always use them later on in the year.
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As we’ve already seen from previous blogs, making chocolate is complicated enough process as it is. The cacao beans have to picked usually by hand before they are fermented and then roasted, ground down, pressed. After that they’re mixed with sugar and fats and eventually turned into the bars and sweets that we know and love.
This chocolate truffle recipe is so easy, that you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried it before. Anyone can make these and they are great to make as a little gift or take to your next dinner party invitation.
There are various versions of this recipe and seriously you can’t go wrong no matter which type of chocolate you use. If you use milk chocolate the final truffle will be obviously sweeter than if you use plain chocolate. You can even use 50% dark and 50% milk to go somewhere in between. This way the chocolate truffles won’t be as sweet as with only milk chocolate. If you are not too sure about the alcohol in this recipe, you can replace the rum with rum flavour (or even different type of alcohol) or leave it out altogether!
First of all bring the cream to boil and melt the butter. Then pour on to the chopped chocolate and let to melt. Heat the bowl in the microwave or on the hob if the mixture is not melting quickly enough. Leave to cool down until it’s cold to touch, but before it starts to set.
Add the rum and a tiny pinch of salt. Whisk the mixture by hand using a wooden spoon or with an electric whisk until it’s nicely smooth, fluffy and light in colour.
Let to set a little in the fridge for about 30 minutes (or longer if you want to)
Wearing catering gloves scoop about a heaped teaspoon at a time and roll it into small balls. Leave to set in the fridge for a further 30 minutes or more.
Melt and temper your chocolate and dip or roll your truffles in the melted chocolate. You can either leave your chocolate truffles covered with just the chocolate (and perhaps add cocoa nibs or sugar sprinkles as a decoration or you can also roll them in cocoa powder.
Leave to set in the fridge for further 15-20 minutes. If you are using cocoa powder to finish your chocolate truffles, take excess cocoa powder off by rolling the truffles in a sieve. Server straight away or keep in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks in a cool and dry place.
As you might know a couple of years ago I started to bake Victorian Scotch Cake for the local tea room at Down House. The recipe is taken from Emma Darwin's Recipe Book and it's been a huge hit with all visiting the home of Charles Darwin.