Passionfruit and White Chocolate Truffles

Passionfruit and White Chocolate Truffles

Prep Time: 10 Mins + Refrigeration
Serves: 20 – 25 Truffles

200g good quality white chocolate
¼ cup pure cream (60 ml)
¼ cup passionfruit pulp, including seeds (approx. 3 – 4 fresh passionfruit)
½ tsp vanilla paste or extract
Pinch sea salt
200g shortbread biscuits, crushed

To decorate
100g white chocolate, extra
Toasted faked almonds, lightly crushed
Toasted shredded coconut

Finely chop 200g white chocolate. Warm cream in a heavy-based saucepan until it just starts to boil.
Remove cream from heat, add chopped chocolate and stir once. Allow cream and chocolate to sit for one minute, then stir until all the chocolate has melted.
Add passionfruit pulp, vanilla, salt, and crushed shortbread biscuits to pan with the chocolate. Stir well, then scrape warm mixture into a shallow dish and refrigerate for 3 – 4 hours until firm.
Scoop the passionfruit chocolate onto a baking paper lined tray. Use clean hands to roll into balls. Refrigerate the formed truffles for 1 hour.
Melt extra white chocolate (in the microwave or in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water) and drizzle over the cold truffles. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and coconut before the chocolate sets. Store truffles in a covered container in the refrigerator for up five days, serve at room temperature.

Winter Is Coming and So Is Fresh Aussie Passionfruit

Australian passionfruit is set for another flush over the cooler months, bringing a fresh taste of summer into your favourite winter meals. The sweet and tangy fruit has a winter peak which sees passionfruit ripe and abundant when the temperature drops. 

Passionfruit grower, Tina Macpherson, says from early June Aussies can expect to see an abundance of fruit in store to enjoy. 

"Following a dry summer, rains in February have seen all the major growing regions enjoying a healthy winter crop that's yielding deliciously plump and juicy fruit," says Tina. 

"After a slower start to the season we're happy to see plenty of fruit on the vines and are excited to supply Aussies with a bit of passion throughout winter." 

Winter is the ideal time of year to add a splash of passionfruit as it contains vitamin C, a known immune booster to help keep your body fighting fit during the cooler months. It's also a good source of gut-loving fibre, while being low in kilojoules. 

To celebrate the bountiful winter crop, Tina has shared her top tips for enjoying Aussie passionfruit: 

Snack happy – Did you know ripe passionfruit can be opened with your bare hands? When passionfruit cravings kick in, simply place the passionfruit between your palms, clasp your fingers together and push your palms towards each other to break the passionfruit skin, then pry it open with your fingers. It's the yummiest on-the-go snack! 
Breakfast boost – Simmer passionfruit pulp and honey in a saucepan for a delicious sauce to top your morning porridge, or pancakes, for a great winter breakfast. 
Warming treats – Passionfruit pairs perfectly with baked goods. Add passionfruit pulp to muffins, sponge cakes and even sweet baked pies for a delicious, tangy flavour. 
Sweet & savoury - Combine fresh passionfruit with soy sauce, finely grated ginger and sugar for a mouth-watering marinade. Pour it over your chosen meat and cook on the BBQ for a sizzling dish that everyone will love. 

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Photo by Jennifer Jenner