Christmas day is almost here! And what is even better than getting a gift? Giving one! Bought gifts are of course lovely, but there is something so nice about giving a gift you've made yourself, a little bit extra has gone into it. These will make a perfect Christmas gift (or a gift any time of the year) for someone you care about, and they take only take a few minutes to put together.
Start off by gently heating 120mls (1/2 cup) of double cream and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a small sauce pan before pouring over 225g/8oz of good quality plain or dark chocolate snapped into chunks. After it's melted add 1/2 a cup of Nutella (about 4oz, a cup is easier to measure with I found) and mix until totally combined. Pour into an 8x8'' baking pan and put into the fridge to set for at least 2 hours.
Once hard, using a melon baller, baby ice cream scoop or just a teaspoon and the palm of your hand form small round balls. Coat them in either nibbed almonds or hazelnuts or a good quality cocoa powder. This makes 34-36 good sized truffles. Keep them in the fridge until you're ready to give them to prevent them getting too soft and melting.
They look really cute in these small paper cases and have been given the taste test stamp of approval by Isaac. I'm sure everyone who receives these this year will be very pleased, if they have any room left for them after Christmas dinner that is!