If you haven't bought a Valentine's gift yet, or you've forgotten that it's tomorrow, don't panic. Just make these gorgeous salted caramel truffles instead. Super tasty and infinitely nicer than any schmalzy supermarket chocolates...or, you could just transform one of our Chocolate Brownies instead...
Here's the Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffle recipe:
You will need:
½ 450g/1lb jar dulce de leche caramel toffee
100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
2 x 200g/7oz bars milk chocolate, chopped
142ml pot double cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
tsp maldon sea salt
about 85g/3oz cocoa powder, to coat
To make 1. Make the middles first. Heat the Dulce de Leche in a pan for 1 min until warmed and runny, then stir in the chopped dark chocolate and leave to melt. Stir until smooth. Add the salt. Cover a dinner plate with cling film, oil the cling film well, then tip the mix onto it. Cool, then freeze for 2 hrs or until very firm. 2. Put the milk chocolate into a bowl. Bring the cream to the boil in another pan, then pour it over the chocolate. Leave for 2 mins, then add the vanilla and stir until smooth. Cool, then chill until set. 3. Peel the caramel from the cling film, then snip into thumbnail-size pieces; Spread cocoa powder over a large baking tray. Take a heaped tsp of the truffle mix then, with cocoa-dusted hands, poke in a caramel chunk. Squash the mix around the caramel to seal, then roll into a ball. Put onto the tray, then shake to coat in the cocoa. And voila.
Here's how to transform our Chocolate Brownie Traybake:
Couldn't be easier - all you need is one of our Chocolate Brownie Traybakes, a two heart shaped cookie cutters, one smaller than the other and some fondant icing. We cheated, and used ready made white fondant icing, and coloured it red.
How to: Simply take the traybake and cut out a heart shape. Colour your fondant icing, and roll it out thinly. Cut a heart shape smaller than the traybake. (The girls in the kitchen got creative and used a piping bag to pipe a message - if you don't have time, it would look just as lovely plain).
Here's something that's perfect for kids:
Couldn't be easier - all you need is your favourite biscuits, some food colouring, some fondant icing and a piping bag if you're feeling brave! Colour your icing, and as before cut out shapes to place on top of the biscuit. if you brush the back of the icing with a little bit of jam, this will stick it to the biscuit.