Maraschino cherry and almond truffles

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Chocolate truffles with the wow factor! A perfect Christmas gift?

You will need a digital thermometer as the temperatures need to be very precise in this chocolatier’s recipe.

Ingredients

For the chocolate cherries

  • 24 maraschino cherries in syrup, strained and syrup reserved
  • 350g/12oz almond paste or marzipan
  • 500g/1lb 2oz dark chocolate, 250g/9oz broken into pieces, 250g/9oz very finely chopped
  • edible gold leaf or gold sparkle powder, to decorate

For the cherry ganache