Prosecco and Elderflower Truffles

This is opulence in one rich, chocolatey mouthful, but don’t worry, you don’t need to be the Queen’s chef to prepare it. These truffles use luxurious Italian products so that with every bite you are transported to a palatial residence overlooking Lake Como or private terrace in Amalfi… or more likely gobble down six in a row and be transported to bed drunk on chocolate and a little tipsy from the prosecco.


Ingredients:

150ml double cream

150g mascarpone

300g dark chocolate, broken into pieces

3tbsp prosecco

2tbsp elderflower juice

200g white chocolate

flower petals, torn into little pieces


Preparation:

Put cream and mascarpone into a pan and melt together over a low heat until thickened. Take the pan off the heat and add the pieces of dark chocolate. Stir until you have a smooth and fully combined mixture. Now add the prosecco and elderflower juice and mix well. Spoon the mixture into a bowl and leave to set in the fridge for at least three hours.

Once set, roll the mixture into little balls and place onto a greased tray or baking paper. Your hands will get pretty sticky! Place the tray into the freezer for 30 minutes while you melt the white chocolate. Now dip the balls of mixture into the white chocolate and place onto fresh baking paper. Scatter over the flower petals while the chocolate is still hot and then place immediately into the fridge for 30 minutes.

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7 thoughts on “Prosecco and Elderflower Truffles

  1. Lovely photos and very tempting ingredients. I have two questions:
    1. Where do you get elderberry flower juice? How is it made? Could you substitute an elderberry liqueur?
    2. Not all flowers can be eaten. Which edible flowers did you use or recommend?

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    1. Good questions! The elderflower juice is an Italian brand called Tassoni, I have definitely found it before in Britain but I can’t remember the brand name. I’d say somewhere like waitrose would stock it. I think if you use liqueur the alcohol taste might get a bit strong, so say one less tablespoon of prosecco? For the flowers I used marigolds and hibiscus that were growing in my garden and was lucky enough to find elderberry flowers on a walk! I sprinkled a little lavender on there too but use it very sparingly because it’s quite strong!

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      1. I know about lavender. If you use about less than 1/2 teaspoon and soak the lavender buds in milk for 15-30 minutes you can use that milk to make Lavendar Scones. There is a slightly flowerful taste that is pleasant and the fragrance is very soothing.

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