Provence is well known for truffles (Tuber melanosporum), an edible fungi called the 'diamond of the kitchen' (and as expensive as one), found in close association with tree roots (mainly oak trees in our region). You either love them or hate them as their taste is very particular. Chocolate truffles, however, are a crowd pleaser and make a perfect last minute gift for a foodie in your family or among your friends.
Chocolate Truffles (lactose free, gluten free)
200 grams good quality chocolate (or a combination of cocoa butter and chocolate)
150 grams coconut cream (the solid layer in a can of coconut milk)
75 grams almond butter
1. In a double boiler, heat chocolate (or a combination of cocoa butter and chocolate), coconut cream and almond butter.
2. Cover and put the bowl in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours.
3. Make small truffles, roll each one in raw cacao.
4. Store in fridge.