Stuck for a birthday present idea? Why not try making truffles! Admittedly, it's not the easiest thing to make in this heat, hence these not being very round, but if your struggling when it comes to rolling the mix into balls with it melting in your hands, try this tip: have a big glass of icy water next to your bowl, and between truffles, place your hands on the outside of the glass to keep them cool. It's messy work, but it's worth it!
300g dark chocolate, chopped
300ml double cream
50g unsalted butter
75g biscuits (Nice work well, as does shortbread or digestives)
Cocoa powder for dusting
In a saucepan, gently heat the cream and butter until it just starts to boil. Remove from the heat immediately and add the chopped chocolate. Leave for a couple of minutes before stirring in and making sure it's well combined.
Place the biscuits in a sealed sandwich bag and crush with a rolling pin. You want the pieces to be fairly small, the biggest being about the size of a Skittle or Smartie.
Stir the crushed biscuits into the chocolate mix and leave in the fridge for approx. 4 hours, until it's firm enough to roll into balls.
Once it is firm enough, sprinkle a little cocoa powder onto a plate and get your glass of icy water ready. Now for the messy part! Use a spoon to scoop up a heaped teaspoons worth of mix and lightly roll it into a ball using the tips of your fingers (your fingers are cooler than the palms of your hand). Once you've shaped the truffle, roll it in the cocoa powder and place on a plate. Once all the truffles have been shaped and coated, return them to the fridge for at least an hour before serving.
If you need to wash your hands between rolling the truffles, make sure they are completely dry before rolling the next one as water will make the truffle mix melt quicker.
Try adding chopped hazelnuts or dessicated coconut for different variations.