Vamos a festejar el dia de independencia de Mexico!!
As a chocolate-lover, I have always been intrigued by the Aztec and Mayan origins of this most divine of foods. In Aztec society, chocolate was more valuable than gold – which makes me think I was born in the wrong place and time. The concept of chocolate and chilli is a strange one at first, but one that I have really grown to love. Though I still have a sweet tooth, I now appreciate the rich, spiciness of dark Latin American chocolate which pairs so well with the heat and piquancy of chilli.
Mexico gave the gift of chocolate to the world, so I felt that it was only right to celebrate chocolate in my recipe. I’m sure there is a fine art to making proper chocolate truffles, but this is a delightfully simple recipe which can be adapted for any variety of truffle – and with these flavours, they taste heavenly, so there is no excuse not to celebrate Mexico with a whole heap of these at your weekend fiesta!
Chilli Chocolate Truffles
400g good-quality dark chocolate
150ml double cream
1 tsp ground red chilli
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Cocoa powder, to dust
Gently heat the cream, but don’t let it boil. Remove from heat and stir in the ground chilli and cinnamon.
Break the chocolate into pieces and melt over a pan of simmering water. Remove from heat before it has all melted completely and continue to stir until smooth. Pour the cream into the chocolate and stir until it forms a ganache.
Spoon into a baking tray and spread it out. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour until it hardens.
Dust a plate with cocoa powder and get about a teaspoonful of the ganache. Roll it quickly in your hands until it forms a smooth ball. Roll in the cocoa powder. Continue until all the ganache has been used.
Store in airtight containers in the fridge – if they last long enough!
These truffles are rich, dark and spicy, perfect with after-dinner coffee, but for the rest of your Mexican menu, check out the other dishes below. Remember, you can join us for a live chat at 7:00pm EST on Twitter. All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag. We’d also love to feature your Mexican Fiesta recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board.
Sopas (Soups), Ensaladas (Salads), and Entremeses (Starters)
La Comida (the food)