Kirsty was a friend of mine when I was at primary school, Port Ahuriri School in Napier to be precise. Kirsty was my friend – I like how that sounds……my friend. It makes me smile just thinking about the fun things we did at her house:-
- Camping in her tent with our own food ready for breakfast
- Making Cockeyed Cake
- Making Chocolate truffles
- Annoying her brothers – Matthew & John
- Exploring their tree studded yard, I recall it as a mini forest
- Playing games like hangman, boxes and doing fold up drawings
Kirsty was my friend, and what I recall most is feeling right at home at her house. Her mum, Aunty Mary, let us cook unassisted and I think that this (percieved) freedom, combined with opportunity, success and chocolate that encouraged me to pursue a career in cooking.
These truffles are easy to make and can be safely made by the fairly young child with minimal supervision.
- 12 tablespoons Milk Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Cocoa
- 4 Tablespoons Butter
- 8 Tablespoons Sugar
- 4 Tablespoons Milk
- ½ Cup Sultanas
- dash of Vanilla
- Chocolate hail
- Sift Cocoa and Milk Powder together into a bowl
- Put the Butter, Sugar and Milk in a small saucepan.
- Heat gently until melted.
- Stir in the dry ingredients and Sultanas
- Leave to stand until it is firm enough to handle
- Shape into small balls and roll in Chocolate hail
- Leave to set.
I have heard it said that these are better a few days later but I dont recall them ever lasting that long.
- Use Currants, Walnuts, Mixed fruit, chopped dried Apricots etc
- Soak fruit in 1 Tablespoon of Rum or brandy for about an hour
- Roll in Coconut, 100s ans 1000s, Amlond meal, chopped nuts etc
- Shape truffle mix around a small marshmellow
- Use Peppermint to replace vanilla
The original recipe is good for learning to count in Tablespoons. below is a table showing the equivalent Cup measurements and also the cup measurements to make a larger quantity.
Hey Kirsty, Thank you for being my friend!
|Original in Tablespoons||Ingredients||Original in Cups||Catering quantity|
|12 Tablespoons||Milk Powder||¾ Cup||3 Cups|
|2 Tablespoons||Cocoa||⅛ Cup||½ Cup|
|4 Tablespoons||Butter||¼ Cup||1 Cup|
|8 Tablespoons||Sugar||½ Cup||2 Cups|
|4 Tablespoons||Milk||¼ Cup||1 Cup|
|½ Cup||Sultanas||½ Cup||2 Cups|