Raspberry and sea salt truffles

Freeze-dried raspberries bring bright colour and a concentrated raspberry flavour to these truffles. A perfect pairing with the smooth, dark chocolate.
Prep time: 45 mins plus cooling
Serves: 26-30
* 180ml double cream
* 225g finely grated good-quality dark chocolate
* 2 tbsp freeze-dried raspberries
* ½ tsp raspberry extract

For the coating:
* 115g finely grated good-quality dark chocolate
* 1 tsp sea salt flakes
* 1 tbsp freeze-dried raspberries

1. Heat the double cream and use it to melt 225g of finely grated good-quality dark chocolate by placing the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, pouring the cream over the top and leaving it to melt. Whisk the mixture until smooth and glossy. Stir in the freeze-dried raspberries and the raspberry extract. Cool for 30 minutes.

2. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper. Spoon the ganache into two piping bags and snip off the ends. Pipe small, walnut-sized balls of ganache onto the baking sheet, spaced apart and leave to chill for 30 minutes. Roll each ball gently between your palms, until smooth. Place the truffles back on the sheet and chill for a further 30 minutes.

3. Melt 115g of finely grated good-quality dark chocolate in a small, heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water, make sure it does not touch the water. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper. Coat the truffles with the chocolate – place a truffle on a spoon and carefully dip it into the melted chocolate to coat. Remove. Allow any excess to drip back into the bowl, then place gently onto the lined sheet. Repeat for the remaining truffles..
4. Sprinkle half the truffles with sea salt flakes. Sprinkle the remaining truffles with the freeze-dried raspberries. Chill them for at least one hour before serving. You can store the truffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

More from Step-by-Step Desserts:  Extracted from Step-by-Step Desserts by Caroline Bretherton and Kristan Raines. Published by DK (£20.00)

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