Luckily, I’ve never had to deal much with hospitals, nor for me nor for my dear ones. However, when Claudia was still a puppy, she was nearly 5, she spent 15 days in the children’s hospital in Siena for a totally not-to-worry-about tonsil infection. There was absolutely nothing to worry about, but a fortnight in the hospital – especially for a tiny hyperactive puppy as she was – was nevertheless a critic moment to deal with.
I still remember her open mouth heartily laughs when the hospital volunteers used to spend some time with Claudia, to entertain her. a few moments, two chats and a smile were enough to switch the bored look in her face into a shining and sparkling smile!
This was my first thought when I read of this very important blog event created by Caris from Cooking Planner, aiming to save the Roman Fondazione Santa Lucia for children. A recipe child-friendly was all she was asking for. How could you say no?
I therefore decided to make truffles, one of the first recipe Claudia and I made together, because it is simple, child-friendly and, alter all, everyone loves chocolate!
I have already told you that I adore the chocolate & tahini match, when I first made this filled tart. I also foretold that there would have certainly been another recipe, and there we are! This kind of truffles was spinning in my head for a long time, until I decided to make it real: tiny, intense and slightly bitter on the outside, with an inner, creamy and silky heart.
It is a very easy recipe, where the fun part is to get your hands – and mouth – dirty with chocolate! It is therefore suitable for children, who will start shaping the truffles with neat aprons and chubby faces, and finish their dirty work with chocolate mustaches and a large smile!
Ingredients for about 60 – 65 truffles:
- 300 g dark chocolate 60%
- 200 ml cream
- 30 g butter
- 2 tbs tahini
- unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
Chop the dark chocolate and put it in a small thick bottomed saucepan over low heat. Pour the cream little by little whisking to melt chocolate. Remove from the heat and mix in the butter and the tahini. Pour in a bowl and let rest in the fridge for at least two hours.
After two hours, it’s time for kids to go on stage! Remove the truffle mixture from the fridge and dust generously a large dish with cocoa powder. Kids, roll up your sleeves, wear an apron and be ready to dirt your hands! With a teaspoon make small balls of chocolate mixture, large more or less as a hazelnut. Dust your hands with cocoa powder and roll the truffles in your hands, put them on the dish and roll them again into the cocoa powder.
Let them set in the fridge for two hours, then… the truffles are ready to be eaten or gift-wrapped for your best friends!
Tasting test. The tahini gives to the truffles a deep and intense flavour, nutty and slightly toasted. It enriches the creamy and silky texture, exalting the chocolate flavour… so, believe me, they are worth a try!