My father loved chocolate of all kinds, but most of all the dark, rich, expensive sort. The first Father's Day after he died I found myself in a posh chocolate shop trying to decide what to buy him. I was just about to make my selection before I remembered - there was no dad to buy them for. Even now I find myself looking at books or recipes and thinking, 'Dad would love this'. I was thinking about his love of chocolate and dried fruit when I started tinkering with these truffles.
Chocolate Prune Truffles
These are child's play to make - providing you have a child who likes supervised play that involves a food processor - and virtuous enough for the most health-conscious dad while tasting incredibly indulgent. Forget about your prune phobia and make them, now.
200g pitted prunes
100g ground almonds
2 Tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp vanilla paste
1 Tbsp honey
50g dark chocolate, roughly chopped, plus 150g dark chocolate for dipping
Line a shallow baking dish or similar with baking paper and set aside.
Put the prunes in a food processor and whiz to a coarse paste. Add the ground almonds, cocoa, vanilla and honey and whiz again, then pulse in the 50g chocolate.
Take small teaspoon-sized blobs of the mixture and roll into balls. Put them on the prepared tray and put them in the fridge for about 15 minutes (longer, if you need to).
Carefully melt the 150g dark chocolate - a double-boiler arrangement is the safest option, unless you have a microwave - then dip the balls into it. Leave to set, then store in an airtight container in a cool place. Makes 24 small balls (allowing for a reasonable amount of sampling during the making process).
If you're really not sure about chocolate and prunes, you could always check out the truffles other bloggers have been making for August's We Should Cocoa challenge. Guest host Elizabeth and challenge creator Choclette have kindly let me slot this recipe in at the last minute - and from a quick look at some of the others, it's in very good company.
Have a great weekend, everyone, and happy Father's Day for Sunday to Antipodean dads everywhere.