Chocolate truffles are good in their own right. Now add Guinness to the mix and you have something totally amazing. Don’t you just love kitchen crafting with a bit of booze? I do.
With St Patrick’s Day fast approaching I thought I’d share this fun recipe for an Irish inspired chocolate treat. What could be more Irish than gorgeous Guinness and throwing chocolate into the mix just makes almost anything a wee bit more special. These Guinness Truffles will be a great way to finish off a St Patrick’s Day feast or any celebration of the big day.
Guinness is good for you!
That used to be the advertising slogan for this world famous rich dark beer. Well I don’t know what some of the puritanical health police would say about that nowadays but I like to think it is. Dark chocolate certainly contains anti-oxidants and they are good for you.
Come on, for a chocolate recipe these Guinness Truffles are at least a tiny step towards the healthy side. That has to be better than falling into the deep dark pit of despair that means no treats forever!
Only five Ingredients!
Don’t you just love recipes with only a few ingredients. Even better when those are things you often have in your larder/store cupboard.
- Guinness (obviously!)
- Dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids or more please)
- Milk chocolate
- White chocolate to decorate
- Light Muscovado sugar
How to make your Guinness Truffles;
- First comes the Guinness. In a small pan heat the Guinness with the sugar till it has completely dissolved.
- Now on to the chocolate. You will want to use a bain marie/double boiler to melt your chocolate. You can also use a microwave should you happen to have one. We don’t as ours blew up almost ten years ago and we decided to hold off replacing it till we felt we actually needed one. Guess we never have. You can also just use heat proof bowls over a pot of simmering water. Make sure the water doesn’t actually touch the bottom of the bowl though.
- Melt the dark and milk chocolate together to get a really rich chocolatey base for your Guinness truffles. Do not add the white chocolate, that comes right at the end, so don’t eat it while you are doing everything else and polishing off the bottle of Guinness too.
- Remove the bowl of melted chocolate from the heat. Pour the Guinness syrup into the chocolate and stir well to combine. Pop this into the fridge to set up for about an hour.
- Take a teaspoon and make small balls out of the truffle mix and press down slightly to make them into little patties on a tray lined with baking parchment.
- Meanwhile have the white chocolate melting in a clean bowl over the simmering water. Allow this to cool and then drizzle it all over your Guinness Truffles. I like to think the white chocolate looks like the creamy head you get on top of a glass of Guinness. Don’t cover the truffles completely just swish it over them.
- Pop the tray back in the fridge to firm up. These Guinness truffles are best kept in the fridge and brought out just before serving. I got 20 Guinness Truffles from this recipe.
Enjoy St Patrick’s Day when it comes.
PS here are a couple of other Guinness inspired recipes you might fancy, after all you have plenty left in the bottle unless you have drunk it all already!
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- 100 ml Guinness
- 50 g light Muscovado sugar
- 200 g Dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
- 200 g Milk chocolate
- 25 g white chocolate
- Heat the Guinness and sugar in a small pan till sugar dissolved completely
- Melt the dark and milk chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water or in a double boiler/bain marie
- Remove bowl from heat and stir in the Guinness syrup
- Chill in fridge to set up, about an hour
- Use a teaspoon to create small balls of truffle and lightly press down into patties on a tray lined with baking parchment
- Melt the while chocolate and allow to cool before drizzling over the truffles
- Set aside in fridge to set up and store in fridge, remove just before serving
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