Decadent recipe for African Amarula Gilded Chocolate Truffles
200g dark chocolate, at least 50% cocoa solids
80ml single cream
30ml Amarula cream liqueur
1 tablespoon cocoa powder, for dusting
1 sheet gold leaf paper
Chop the chocolate into chunks and place in a heatproof bowl together with the cream. Microwave for exactly 1 minute. Do no overheat as the residual heat of the bowl will be sufficient to melt any bits of chocolate.
Whisk until the chocolate is melted and completely smooth. Chop the butter into small pieces and add to the warm chocolate. Whisk once again until the butter is melted and incorporated into the chocolate.
Stir in the Amarula liqueur. Once the chocolate is cool, cover with cling film and chill for several hours until firm.
When you are ready to roll the truffles, sift the cocoa powder onto a side plate. On a second plate, break the gold leaf into rough, irregular pieces. With a teaspoon or melon baller, scoop small nuggets of the chocolate mixture and working quickly, shape into truffle shaped balls. Dab lightly into the cocoa, leaving open areas on the actual truffle.
Press lightly onto the golf leaf paper to create leopard-like markings. Place the balls on a lined sheet and set aside to firm up.
If the weather is African-style hot, store covered in the refrigerator.
These truffles taste best if they are left at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.