Sunday, January 11, 2009

hazelnut truffles

i got this basic recipe from the food network website. its from the barefoot contessa show. it seems so fancy but it so easy! anyway, its pretty basic with lots of room for making up your own flavors. i made this recipe and then i made some with a couple tablespoons of orange juice concentrate and macadamia nuts. they were yummy. so many possibilities!

1 cup hazelnuts
3.5 oz bittersweet chocolate
3.5 oz semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup cream
1 1/2 tablespoon hazlenut liquor (i used coffee liquor because that was all i had)
1 tablespoon prepared coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

preheat oven top 325 degrees. chop nuts and roast 10 minutes, more if they have skins. put aside chop chocolate and pit in the top of a double broiler or a bowl on top of a pot of water on the stove. heat cream and chocolate together until the chocolate melts and mixes with the cream. whisk in liquor, coffee, and vanilla. cover and chill 45 minutes - an hour or until pliable but firm enough to scoop. scoop 2 teaspoons at a time to make dollops on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. refrigerate 15 minutes or long enough to firm up enough to roll into balls. let set in the fridge overnight. ( i rolled mine in a mixture of cacao and sugar. coconut, cacao nibs, or powdered sugar would be good too)

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