Now this one is an oldie but a goodie and very much traditional in the grander scheme of christmas. I believe my mother got it off of my grandmother who, for all intents and purposes of a good story, probably got it off of my great grandmother – except I am pretty sure it does not stretch that far back.
This recipe, for me, is particularly nostalgic. I can still remember sitting in the living room at the coffee table smashing biscuits with my little brother beside me who was actively attempting to do as little labour as possible. Those were the days when I absolutely had to wash my hands after rolling a few balls because otherwise it was too messy, sticky and I was told off for wasting valuable truffle mixture on more than one occasion. You see this is mum’s favourite truffle recipe and it is not to be messed around with.
If you have little time in the lead up to the big day these truffles can be frozen for up to a month or so. Just let them defrost for 5-10 minutes before serving, otherwise you will be biting into a rather solid and cold chocolate ball. Not so pleasant as my younger, less patient self discovered one christmas.
Bonus – no (baking) power tools required.
- 1 cup dried sultanas
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tin caramelised sweetened condensed milk, if uncaramelised – boil unopened tin in a pot of water for 3 hours.
- 1 packet wine biscuits, crushed
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Shredded coconut
In a saucepan boil the water and sultanas until the water has evaporated and the sultanas are juicy and plum.
In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well. Roll into balls and then roll in shredded coconut.
Refrigerate before serving or freeze for a later date.
Alternative flavour combinations:
- Substitue sultanas for any other dried fruit, such as currants or apricots
- For a gluten free alternative rice cookies work perfectly. You may have to use up to 2 packets in place of the wine biscuits; judge it by the mixture consistency.
- 1/2 dried fruit, 1/2 chocolate drops.
- Vanilla can be omitted if almond essence is preferred.
- Chopped nuts can be used instead of shredded coconut when rolling.