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Tamal Ray’s recipe for Easter chocolate truffles | The sweet spot

Turn excess Easter egg chocolate into caramelised honey, passionfruit or pomegranate and rose truffles

I usually think of Easter as a second chance at Christmas: the only other time of year that my family gathers under one roof to gorge on chocolate and moan about the lack of good telly.

But I’m not sure how things will work this year – perhaps we’ll convene on Houseparty to eat our respective lamb roasts instead? However you spend this Easter, turning any remains of your chocolate glut into truffles is a simple, fun way to spend some of your isolation time.

Easter chocolate truffles

Prep 45 min
Cook 5 min
Chill 2 hrs
Makes About 10

Instead of passionfruit juice or pomegranate molasses, you can substitute whichever fruit juice you happen to have already. Concentrate more weakly flavoured juices, such as orange, by boiling for a couple of minutes before using.

Caramelised honey truffles

80g honey
80g double cream
100g dark chocolate
Cocoa powder, for coating

Passionfruit truffles

50g passionfruit juice
50g double cream
100g milk chocolate
Cocoa powder, for coating

Pomegranate and rose truffles

1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
80g double cream
1/4 tsp rosewater
100g dark chocolate
60g unsalted pistachios, ground in a food processor, for coating

To make the passionfruit and pomegranate truffles, warm the cream with the juice or molasses in a small saucepan over a low heat. With the heat off, stir the chocolate through, until it melts to become smooth and glossy, then pour the mixture into a bowl and chill in the fridge for two hours.

For the honey truffles, first caramelise the honey by simmering it in a small saucepan over a low-medium heat for two minutes, then add the cream and stir to combine. With the heat off, stir through the chocolate until completely melted, then pour into a bowl and leave to cool in the fridge for two hours.

Once the truffles have chilled, use a teaspoon to take small scoops of the mix, then roll into balls with your hands. Coat in cocoa powder to finish or, for the pomegranate truffles, roll in the ground pistachios.