Ruth’s Chocolate Truffles – as seen on The Great British Bake Off

Ruth's Chocolate Truffles
I love making truffles and love giving them to everyone too, they’re a great crowd pleaser and they disappear as fast as lightening!

After a lot of trial and error I think I can give you the lowdown on the easiest way to make truffles

300g plain  or milk chocolate
200ml double cream
2 tbsp liqueur

To decorate: 
200g plain or milk chocolate
plus white chocolate for drizzling, edible glitter or edible stars (these are optional but give the truffles a bit of pizzazz!)

Start off by chopping up your 300g chocolate into small pieces.  You can use any plain or milk chocolate you like but my advice is to avoid Green & Black’s 70% cocoa solids bars.  I used these on The Great British Bake Off in episode one and no word of a lie I had to make the ganache for the truffles six times before I finally switched to Lindt.  The G&B’s seized my ganache time after time.  Equally I like using Sainsbury’s Basics chocolate, at around 25p a bar it’s a bargain.If I had to advise you on what to use I would say go for Bournville, at 49% cocoa solids it’s a good middle of the range chocolate to use.

Okay so now you’ve chopped up all that lovely chocolate put the double cream into a pan and heat over a medium heat until the cream is just about to boil and bubbles appear at the edges of the cream.  Turn off and remove from the heat.Tip in your chopped chocolate and allow the mixture to sit for a couple of minutes.

After the time is up stir the mixture, the chocolate will have already started to melt into the cream.  Stir until you have a lovely glossy consistency.  Add in 2 tbsps of your favourite liqueur and mix well.  I like cherry brandy or Tia Maria, but the truffles do taste just as good without any.

You now need to pour the ganache into a bowl to cool.  If you’re in a hurry and want to speed up setting time pour it into a large shallow tray.  Cover the top of the ganache with clingfilm.When cool, move to the fridge to set.  This will take a couple of hours.Prepare for the next step, you will need a sheet of greaseproof paper and a wire cooling rack.  Cut the greaseproof paper slightly larger than the wire rack.  Place the paper on your worksurface and the wire rack to one side for now.
When your ganache is nicely set take it out of the fridge and scoop out blobs with a spoon.  You need pieces about the size of a large marble.  Shape very roughly as in the picture on the left and set onto the paper.

When you have scooped out all the ganache, go back to the first blob you made and roll it between your hands to make a neat ball as on the right of the picture.
Your hands will end up in a bit of a mess but just keep washing them inbetween rolling.  Sometimes the ganache starts to get a bit warm and can be difficult to work with, a quick trip back in the fridge will sort it out.  Similarly if your ganache balls are getting a bit melty pop them in the fridge in between stages.  Transfer all the truffle balls onto the wire rack.
Sometimes I will pop the whole wire rack in the chest freezer just to firm them up for a couple of minutes if needs be.
Okay, so now you have all your ganache rolled into large marble size truffles sitting on the wire rack.

Melt the 200g chocolate you have chosen to cover the truffles.  You can do this in a bowl over a pan of steaming water or as I do in the microwave in short 30 second bursts. Melt the chocolate until it gets to this stage:

There should be visible lumps of unmelted chocolate in there, now stir off the heat until they all dissolve.  This is a very ‘amateur’ way of tempering your chocolate without the need for thermometers and complicated instruction and should ensure nice glossy chocolate – it works well for me!
Take a spoonful of melted chocolate and pour it off the spoon onto the truffle moving the spoon in a circular motion to encourage the chocolate to completely cover the ganache truffle. Hold the spoon about 1” above the truffle you don’t want the spoon to touch the truffle ball.  I find this is a much neater way of covering truffles than dipping them into the chocolate, plus your covering chocolate will stay pure chocolate right to the last bit!

If you’re using edible glitter or stars sprinkle them on to the truffles before the chocolate sets.

For white chocolate drizzly stripes melt 50g white chocolate and place it into a small piping bag or plastic sandwich bag.  Snip off the end and drizzle over the truffles.

All that’s left to do is put them to one side to set, in the fridge will speed things along nicely.
Remove the wire rack from the top of the greaseproof paper.

There will be chocolate on the greaseproof paper that has dripped through the rack.  Spread it out into a sheet using a knife or spatula.  Leave this to set.  You can then break this sheet of chocolate up into pieces ready to melt down and use another day or have a go at making chocolate curls – you could even just eat it  – waste not want not!

Ruth's Chocolate Truffles
Ruth’s Chocolate Truffles – as seen on The Great British Bake Off
Ruth Clemens BakerRuth Clemens, Baker ExtraordinaireContestant on BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off

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86 Responses to Ruth’s Chocolate Truffles – as seen on The Great British Bake Off

  1. rose girl says:

    one word – yum! I've never tried making these before, but I am so tempted to give it a whirl one day. Thanks for the How To! :o)


  2. TheMadHouse says:

    Oh my they do look very Yummy. I really enjoyed the BBBO

  3. Choclette says:

    Oh thank you – this is the nice simple guide I needed. I've tried to make truffles in the past with no success whatsoever and have vowed not to try again until I go on a chocolate course (who knows if that will ever happen). Interesting what you say about G&B – that's the one I always use in my cooking and every time I try and make ganache it splits! Also interested to see you're way of tempering – I'm always put off doing anything that requires this as it seems a bit complicated. Will give it a go.

    Well done on the GBBO – you did really well. But 6 attempts at truffles, weren't you time limited???

  4. Ruth says:

    We had four hours to complete the chocolate celebration cake from start to finish, I spent the first hour trying to make ganache successfully – was a highly fraught first hour and then had to work like a whirlwind to catch up!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the recipe…was fascinated by the chocolate collar…perhaps you could share that secret too??

  6. amylane says:

    Mmmm… they look delicious! You were fab on the Great British Bakeoff, xx

  7. Glen says:

    Congrats on your GBBO debut. Before I knew who you were, I voted your cake the best! *Ü* Mary Berry is my all time favourite baker and I have several of her books. Good luck with the rest of the series. ~Glen~

  8. Ruth says:

    Thanks Glen xx keep watching!

  9. Ian Cross says:

    Ruth, we think you are brilliant! – confident, unflustered and technically adept. I hope your family appreciate what an asset you are.

  10. Ruth says:

    Thank you Ian x

  11. angeltreats says:

    Oh how silly am I! I've been reading some of your older posts and have only just realised who you are! I've been watching Great British Bake Off and bought the book and have been cheering you on ever since you made those gorgeous peanut caramel cookies. So glad I found your blog 🙂

  12. Christa says:

    Wow. Can't wait to try these! You are great Ruth, I love watching the show. You have so many amazing ideas.

  13. Marieke says:

    Hi Ruth,

    My husband Ed and I are passionate bread bakers from Holland and we also watch the show over here and are 'ruthing' for you! You truly have a gift for baking and the enthusiastic air you beat into every recipe is inspirational!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Well done Ruth for coming second!
    The program has only just finished and we wanted you to win!
    But obviously well done to Ed, you both deserved 1st place!

  15. LK says:

    Just finished watching The great British bake off and so sorry Ruth never won 🙁 I was routing for her all the way though. But even though she didn't win she is still fantastic !

  16. Liz says:

    Appreciate you sharing this great way of making truffles. Thought you were excellent on GBBO.

  17. eric van zele says:

    ruth you are exceptionally talented and gifted! fantastic to see you are doing sooooo well! xx

  18. Maurice says:

    Just watchrd the final. A viewing treat. I was extremely disappointed you did not win the final, but thank you so much for sharing your baking skills with us.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Just watched the final Great British Bake Off tonight, you were fantastic (as always) really enjoyed watching you and all the other contestants. You are a real insparation. Wishing you lots of luck for the future. Jackie x

  20. september cottage says:

    Hi Ruth!

    Congratulations on having been in the final…just finished watching it – WELL done!!! And am now VERY pleased to see that you are writing a blog! You were one of my favourites…LOVED the prettiness of your baking!

    Kind regards


  21. Anonymous says:

    Congrats on coming 2nd in the Great British Bake of Ruth…well deserved! Tina xx

  22. Anonymous says:

    Just watched final of GBBO. Well done Ruth. You have inspired me (mum of two little ones) to make more effort to get back into the kitchen and bake, rather than pick things up from the supermarket. My 3 year old now does a mean crumble topping! You can be justifiably proud of reaching the certainly don't need a university degree to be a nice person and a skilled baker. Best wishes to you and yours.

  23. Emily says:

    Congrats on second place! You were realyl brilliant throughout. I will definately be making some of your recipies (although i'm sure it will take me twice as long as it ever does you). I was really pleased to find out you had a blog, i'll be following it eagerly. Once again, well done!

  24. Hannah S says:

    My mum and I thought your food on The
    Great British bake off looked and sounded great!!
    I am inspired and I would definitly like to try your recipies out!! X

  25. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ruth, Watched the final of GBBO tonight and was gutted that you didn't win! I wanted you to win right from the start! My favourite recipe of yours was your lemon cake! It looked AMAZING!!!!
    Sophie xxx

  26. Anonymous says:

    you were fab on Great British Bake off,im very sad its finished,you go girl!!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ruth, just saw you on the Great British Bake Off, shame about those scones, often happens that something so simple can turn against you! Any news of a book deal yet?

  28. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ruth
    I love truffles never thought of making them I am now thanks to you xx good luck for the future although you don't need it, keep your recipes on line x

  29. Anonymous says:

    Hello Ruth, We have just finished watching the final, and my hubbie and i are gutted that you didnt win! You have always had my support and i too didnt go to uni, but now provide healthy food for my family with the odd sweet treat! Please bring out a book soon love katie :0)

  30. Dan says:

    Hello Ruth!

    We were rooting for you throughout the Bake Off program and will continue to read your blog and support you now we've found you!

  31. Gail Jones says:

    Hi Ruth, really enjoyed your appearances on GBBO, you truly are an inspiration….My husband Derek & I can't wait to try out your recipes. So sorry you didn't win we were routing for you all the way!! you were so cool and unflustered…you really are my heroine. For Dereks recent birthday I bought him loads of baking gifts as he has really been inspired by the GBBO. Just waiting for the weekend to try them all out!
    Will let you know the results.
    Best wishes
    Gail & Derek

  32. Sue from Poole says:

    Hi Ruth, Well done on this How To, its brilliant to see a full set of ideas and tips, this is whats missing from the 'big' recipe books out now where the recipes do not always work. Yours does work and gives the back up of solving potential problems. Well done on all your skills on GBBO, innovative and fun that works.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Hi, these look great, I want to make for Christmas gift, how long do you think I could make them in advance.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ruth, Just wanted to say how brilliant you were on GBBO and was so disappointed you didn't win. You really were my favourite. Hope you get a book deal soon and I will be the first to buy a copy – signed of course! Good luck for the future. Clare

  35. janice says:

    well done for getting to the finals ruth and for being such a good loser

  36. Anonymous says:

    Hi ruth well done in coming 2nd loved watching you on GBBO you always looked so calm even my partner thought you were going to win hope everything goes really good for you.

  37. Gopi 108 says:

    Hi Ruth! Everso well done, you were amazing!I wish with all my heart I could bake like you!!! Do you have any tried and tested recipes for any eggless cakes please? I'm not a great baker but have been on the hunt down for a really good fool proof recipe that is as good as a standard recipe. Any hints or tips? Many thanks. xx

  38. Anonymous says:

    How long would these truffles keep for (at room temperature)? Thanks

  39. Anonymous says:

    i really want to try and make these

  40. Kimmy6 says:

    I think it would be great if you produced a book showing the methods in the same way that you did on your truffle recipe – I loved the pictures of what to do with the chocolate drips! It would make a brilliant change from the overly styled photographs that we normally see and make baking seem far more do-able – as you did on the programme. Well done for coming 2nd – I thought that you would win!

  41. Anonymous says:

    HI Ruth – Congrats on the show and delighted that you have put the blog together – we are having a bake off in work and Im stealing all your ideas – can you or anyone who has had a go at this receipe tell me approx how many truffles you get from these quantities?

  42. Penny says:

    Hi Ruth, I really enjoyed watching GBBO. You were fantastic and I loved the look of your blackberry cakes with the little green bows. Well done for showing the world how skilled us mums at home can be!!

  43. Anonymous says:


    Your baking blog has made an impact in our kitchen – from a Mum who refuses to bake owing to much failure to one who is on her third cake this week. Great instructions Ruth, particularly the marble cake – i like the lesson!

    Regarding truffles, as we don't consume alcohol is there a substitute that I could add instead of liquor?


  44. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ruth

    My daughter and I loved watching your creations on TV. We'll miss the programme and you very much. So glad you have this blog so I that I can attempt to copy a few.

    Well done for reaching the final. We all wanted you to win in our house.

    Lisa and Rachael aged 5

  45. Lisa says:

    What a fantastic site you, have watched you every week and what an inspiration you have been.
    You are my winner without a doubt.

  46. sadia says:

    thanks Ruth

    You have been such an inspiration. I made this yesterday to top my husband's birthday cake and there werent enough left in the end to do that 🙂

    keep up the good work!

  47. Ruth says:

    Just a quick update to the questions on chocolate truffles…

    They will keep at room temperature for two weeks. You can put them in the fride in which case they will need to be double wrapped to stop them absorbing moisture and other smells! If in the fridge they need to come to room temperature before unwrapping and eating.

    The batch will make 20-30 truffles depending on the size you make them.

    If you don't want to add any liqueur they taste fabulous without. Alternatively you could add one of the flavour syrups they sell to put in posh coffees or perhaps an orange or lemon essence. Sainsburys do a great orange or lemon Taste the Difference one.

    Ruth x

  48. Janice says:

    Hi Ruth, just finished catching up on The Great British Bake Off on iplayer. Congratulations on getting to the final, loved the look of all your food. I'm sure you will be busy with all sorts of baking offers now. Lovely to see that you have a foodie blog

    Not sure if you know about UKFB – UK Food Bloggers it's a great community of like minded home cooks and bakers and a good way of getting known by lots of people. It's not my forum and I'm not trying to sell anything, but I've made some good blogging buddies through the forum and it would be great to see you there too.

    Farmersgirl Kitchen

  49. Anonymous says:

    Hi ruth

    The cutting of the chocolate is the hardest part it hurts your hands so much!!!!!!Any tips for avoiding the pain


  50. Mummy to 3 cutties says:

    Hi Ruth are you going to let us in on the secret of the chocolate collar?

  51. Ruth says:

    Would love to teach you all how to do the chocolate collar, but I can't photograph it and do it at the same time. I am working on getting some video tutorials done and this will be the first on the list!

    Ruth x

  52. Anonymous says:

    These look delicious! How long will they last after I've made them? (I'm making some for my chocoholic granddad tonight!)

  53. Ruth says:

    They'll keep at room temp for two weeks x

  54. Anonymous says:

    I watched GBBO and you were fantastic, really thought you deserved to win, as did Ed.
    I made the truffles with bournville and they were amazing, I did try with dairy milk and it was a disaster and would not set. What milk chocolate do you use? x

  55. Anonymous says:

    I watched GBBO and i think you were great , but it was a tight competition and it could of gone either way.
    I loved seeing you make the truffles on GBBO and the pictures look great.
    I am planing to make them soon.
    thank you x

  56. Anonymous says:

    I watched GBBO and you were great, i think you were the best but it was a tight competition
    the trufles look great and am planning to make some
    thank you 🙂

  57. Anonymous says:

    Me and my friend made these, sure they turned out mutant (we're hyperactive 14 year old girls) but they tasted heavenly, and I'm sure going to be making them again. Thank you for sharing the recipe! 🙂

  58. Chloe Greenway says:

    Hi Ruth,
    I love the truffles and think they make brilliant presents. I was wondering if you think that they would work using diabetic chocolate because one of my friends loves chocolate but cant really indulge in it very often and i thought these might be a nice surprise if its possible =]
    Thanks Bunches x

  59. Ruth says:

    Chloe – there's no reason why not, as long as you can get hold of diabetic chocolate they should work out just fine xx

  60. Creative Chaos Art says:

    I've made these twice now, and I love them! The second time I used a large melon baller to make the truffle shapes, and it worked really well – just dipped it in hot water between uses to keep it clean and moving smoothly 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  61. Andrea says:

    Just made these with my 9 year old daughter Verity, we put the truffle mix into little chocolate moulds. Fingers crossed they will come out of them! Verity loved watching the GBBO and since watching we have made carrot cake, cornish pasties and now truffles. She has decided she wants to be a chef!

  62. kitkat v says:

    I just made this in the middle of winter with the windows open so that it and my hands wont get too hot, but sooo worth it! It was really yummy, I put blackberry liquer in mine. My partner, who doesnt like "posh" chocolates gobbled them up. Thanks for the recipe.

  63. Anonymous says:


    As we dont use liquor in the house would it affect the recipe if i didnt add it?

  64. Ruth says:

    No not one bit, just leave it out x

  65. Brigitta says:

    Hi Ruth,
    They are very pretty indeed.

    May I just ask where you bought the packaging from (box & white cups)?

    Many thanks

  66. Sarah-Jayne says:

    Hi – can you do this with Goats cream or even Soya cream? Trying to make yummy truffles for people with a cows milk allergy.

    • Yes you can, you can even do it with coconut milk, you may need to increase the quantity of chocolate if it doesn’t set hard enough when it’s chilled, but it’s just a case of melting the ganache back down either in the microwave or in a pan and stirring through more chocolate! Do let us know how you get on x

  67. sarah says:

    Hi Ruth, i have made these a few weeks ago and they were really good and got lots of mmms and ahhs when family members were eating them!
    I have been asked to make some more for a party but just wondered how i can coat the whole truffle? as last time the underside of them were not coated and went a big soft out of the fridge..any tips? Thanks!

  68. reshma says:

    really a true fan of yours. thks for sharing truffle making. could u pls share collar making and where to buy gold edible stars. thanks

  69. Karen says:

    Not sure where I went wrong, but as soon as I started to cover the balls in melted chocolate they have all collapsed into truffle buttons! I was putting the ganache back into the fridge often. And also, the ones that did stay round have welded themselves to the wire rack!! Any advice please. (the mixture tastes divine though!) 🙂

    • Melt down the truffle mixture in a pan and add in some more chopped chocolate 100g – 150g, it sounds like yours is too soft set – the extra chocolate will firm it up for you x

  70. Karen says:

    Took your advice and they’ve turned out lovely this time, I did have a bit of trouble prizing them off the rack but dipped the bottoms in more melted choc, they look and taste gorgeous, thanks 🙂

  71. Cherrydropstracy says:

    Merry Christmas x

  72. Dawnylou says:

    I often make truffles – but have trouble coating them, I have never though to have them dripping on a rack before – I use a tray and they end up with flat bottoms. I also fail at making them nice and shiny! :/

  73. Charlene Stewart says:

    Hi Ruth,

    Can u use white chocolate to cover the truffles or does it have to b plain or milk?

  74. Clare says:

    Just made these after having no end of disasters with other recipes and my ganache seizing! Happy to say they worked perfectly! Only negative was that my chocolate coating is really thick and just sits on top rather than coating the whole truffle. Not sure what I did wrong? They taste great though, thanks Ruth!

  75. Tim says:

    Hi Ruth

    Just in the process of making a trial run of these (about to melt the chococlate for the topping) as a prelude to making my girlfriend some cherry ones for Xmas and suddenly wondered how long these will keep for once made and what/ where would be the best way to store them – I’m a complete baking novice!!!! Ta.

  76. G Cretch says:

    Hi Ruth, I was just looking through the comments and someone else posted the same problem as myself. The plain chocolate sets great, but the milk chicolate is very soft. How can I get it as firm as the plain?

    • As a coating, or as a ganache? If its for coating then tempering the chocolate is the best way forward. For the ganache try adding either more chocolate or reducing the quantity of cream so that it will set firmer for you x

  77. Sara says:

    I wish I had looked at your recipe before wasting a load of chocolate, cream and a shot of Baleys! The recipe I used called for 50g of butter the resulting mix turned into truffles that spread out into a blobby mess! Brilliant results using your recipe and cheap Tesco dark chocolate. Rolled mine in coca powder and wore gloves. Christmas is sorted!

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