Spice up your love life with Will Torrent’s Tabasco® Red Pepper Chocolate Truffles
As Valentine's Day approaches, restaurants are booking up, shops are overflowing with hearts and flowers and couples everywhere are panicking about what to buy their loved ones. This year, get creative in the kitchen and add a touch of spice to Valentine’s Day.
Chocolate has long been associated with love and romance, it’s also known to contain ‘feel good’ chemicals, and as chillies are a natural aphrodisiac (they contain capsaicin – a substance known to induce a temporary ‘high’) there’s no better gift than homemade chilli chocolate truffles.
Tabasco® Pepper Sauce has teamed up with leading patissier and chocolatier Will Torrent who has created these melt-in-the-mouth truffles. They’re simple to make, they’re delicious and they’re guaranteed to heat up Valentine’s Day this year.
Will Torrent spent nearly three years learning his craft at Bachmann’s patisserie in Thames Ditton, Surrey, before becoming a pastry chef consultant for Waitrose. It was during his time at Bachmann’s patisserie that he was awarded “Young Chef of the Year” at the Craft Guild of Chefs.
Will Torrent’s Tabasco® Red Pepper Chocolate Truffles
Add a surprise element to your chocolates by making a truffle with red pepper puree
and Tabasco® Pepper Sauce.
Ingredients – makes about 16 truffles
125g whipping cream
125g red pepper puree
1 tsp Tabasco® Sauce
350g good quality dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, chopped
Cocoa powder to finish
1. Place the cream, puree and sauce along with the butter and honey into a
saucepan and slowly bring to the boil
2. Once boiled, carefully whisk in the chocolate
3. This will create a ganache – a rich, shiny emulsified mixture which you can then
pour back in to the bowl
4. Clingfilm and place into the fridge
5. Leave overnight to set
6. When set, using a teaspoon or a melon baller, spoon little truffles out and roll
into cocoa powder. Alternatively you can pipe these into little chocolate logs
and then roll in cocoa powder.