We Wish You A Merry Christmas!
We here at Acorn to Oaks just can’t wait to get into the spirit of things: be it putting up the tinsel and the lights, getting the mince pies and the Christmas pudding, stocking up on plentiful rolls of wrapping paper, everyone in the office agrees that it really is the most wonderful time of the year.
One of the things we celebrate as a business is our wonderful clients, and we’d like to show our appreciation by giving you all a little Christmas gift that will whet your appetite for the big day; appropriate, really, as it’s a recipe for chocolate and hazelnut Christmas truffles! There doesn’t seem to be many (good) recipes that use acorns, so we thought that the lovely – and much more readily available – hazelnut would be suitably thematic, as well as being absolutely delicious! Great as a homemade gift, or just a little Christmas treat, this token of our thanks is delicious enough to be on Santa’s list, and you don’t have to feel too naughty having one:
Chocolate and Hazelnut Christmas Truffles
- 175ml Double Cream
- 200g dark chocolate
- 1 tsp vanilla extract…or 1tbsp hazelnut liqueur, for adults only!
- 50g hazelnuts
- Sprinkles, edible glitter, or whatever other decorations you fancy
- Small Saucepan
- Mixing Bowl
- Chop the dark chocolate finely, and place into a mixing bowl
- Prepare the hazelnuts for later, by chopping them
- In a saucepan, bring the cream gently to the boil
- Remove the saucepan from the heat, and pour the cream into the mixing bowl over the dark chocolate
- Stir the mixture gently, until it has a smooth consistency, adding the nuts and remaining ingredients
- Once it’s all mixed in, cover the bowl with film or foil, and place in the fridge
- Leave to refrigerate, checking for when the mixture has thickened, but isn’t solid – this should take roughly 30 minutes
- With a teaspoon, scoop out the mixture, and roll it into small balls with your hands
- Roll each truffle in your glitter/sprinkles, and chill them again until they become firm (unless you’re making them over a week in advance, in which case, skip this step for now)
- Enjoy! These truffles will be okay in the fridge for about a week – if you’re planning on keeping them for longer than this, you can freeze them for up to a month, as long as you haven’t decorated them yet
- If you haven’t rushed off to get your saucepans on the heat, we’d like to tell a couple more way Acorn to Oaks can help you have happiest of holidays, without any headaches.
With present shopping, decorations and Christmas dinner to afford, financing Christmas shouldn’t have to be a worry for anyone. Now is a great time to begin considering your plans for the present (no pun intended) and future. We here at Acorn to Oaks are always more than happy to help: with advice and guidance that you can rely on, we’ll make sure you have the time and finances to enjoy being with your family and friends, rather than on the phone with the bank.
Winter may be beloved for its snowball fights, hot chocolate and warm jumpers, but the risk of damage to your home and property that comes with the season could become a real lump of coal in your Christmas stocking. You can have a happy holiday and be a happy homeowner, by getting expert assistance from our professionals, to keep your property protected and your mind at ease.
Until we hear from you, everyone here at Acorn to Oaks wishes you a very merry and wonderful Christmas, and hope that you enjoy the truffles!