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Violet honeycomb truffle slice

Violet Crumble versus Crunchie - we fall into the Crumble camp and that's what inspired this rich truffle slice. It's made a little more grown-up with addition of crunchy cacao nibs and candied violets, but really it's all about the honeycomb.

You'll need

550 gm dark chocolate (56% cocoa solids), finely chopped 270 ml pouring cream 6 egg yolks 30 gm caster sugar 30 gm candied violets, coarsely crumbled, plus extra to scatter 20 gm cacao nibs, plus extra to scatter (see note)   Honeycomb 165 gm caster sugar 40 gm each honey and liquid glucose 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda


  • 01
  • For honeycomb, stir sugar, honey, glucose and 50ml water in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil and cook, swirling the pan occasionally and brushing down the sides with a wet pastry brush if sugar crystals form, until light caramel in colour (6-7 minutes). Remove from heat, add bicarbonate of soda and quickly shake pan to disperse evenly – the mixture will froth up quickly and foam. Tip out onto a well-oiled baking tray and set aside to cool completely (1 hour). Break into shards and store in an airtight container until required. Honeycomb will keep for a week.
  • 02
  • Melt chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted and smooth (2-3 minutes). Set aside.
  • 03
  • Whisk eggs and sugar in a separate heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until thick and pale (3-4 minutes), transfer to an electric mixer, add chocolate mixture and whisk until cooled to room temperature (2-3 minutes). Fold in candied violets, cacao nibs and a third of the honeycomb, spoon into a 18cm square cake tin lined with baking paper and smooth top. Scatter over extra cacao nibs and a little sea salt and refrigerate until firm (3-4 hours).
  • 04
  • To serve, cut truffle slice into fingers or cubes with a hot sharp knife and serve scattered with extra honeycomb and candied violets.

Note Cacao nibs are available from select health-food shops.

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 - 12 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 10 - 12 people

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Apr 2014

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