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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This confection is private stock, served only to BFF's or shared with my daughters as we sip pear brandy and talk late into the night. While not quite as good as the Ferrero Rocher chocolates after which they're patterned, I must say, with all due modesty and a drum roll or two, that these are PDG. They are also embarrassingly easy to assemble and for that reason I make them throughout the year. The truffles take about 30 minutes to prepare, but the chocolate mixture used to form them must be chilled before they can be shaped, so, despite ease of preparation, you'll have to build wait time into your game plan. I found the recipe on the Taste of Home website several years ago and I've made no changes to it, save for altering the time the chocolate must be refrigerated. I've found that the overnight chill suggested in the recipe produces an unworkable mass that must sit for an hour before the truffles can be shaped. A three hour chill is all that's really need. I am currently using milk chocolate candy bars to make these, but come the first of the year I want to make these using Nutella. I like the thought of triple hazelnut truffles. I hope you'll give these a try. They really are delicious. Here's the recipe.

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Debra Pedrazzi and Taste of Home magazine

Ingredients:
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
4 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55-oz. each)
6 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
24 whole hazelnuts
1 cup very finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted

Directions:

1) In a large bowl, sift together confectioners' sugar and cocoa; set aside. In a saucepan, melt candy bars and butter. Add the cream and reserved cocoa mixture. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is thickened and smooth. Pour into an 8-in. square dish. Cover and refrigerate for about 3 hours or overnight.
2) Using a melon baller or spoon, shape candy into 1-in. balls; press a hazelnut into each. Reshape balls and roll in ground hazelnuts. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

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66 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

oh Mary, I love truffles! Chocolate, hazelnuts....the combination of these two earthy ingredients is like marriage made in heaven.
Angie

Jennifer said...

Yum! These look straight out of the godiva store - good job! =)

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Mary said...

Jennifer, I often have problems finding props. I used a box that once contained salt cod for the picture. Geez! Does that make me green or just crazy? Blessings...Mary

Katerina said...

I don't know why but I have connected the truffles with Christmas although this is so silly and narrow-minded. After Chrsitmas time I completely forget about them. Anyway, these truly look very professional and I understand why you enjoy them throughout the year.

Alessandra said...

I think these are better than the Ferrero Rochers!

The box is good too, great recycling!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

What a wonderful sweet these would be on a Christmas table. I think I'll have to try them out!!

Nina Timm said...

I made in excess of 200 on Saturday for a wedding and I am going to make soem again today for gifts. I think homemade is better than the bought ones!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

I love truffles, I wish I can have some right now!

Kris Ngoei said...

Just look as delicious as Ferrero Rocher, nothing less! And the plus point is... this is home-made :-)

Cherine said...

Truffles are a fabulous treat, and yours look fabulous!

Anna A. said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe and I love how you are so Oregon style sipping your pear brandy with the hazelnut truffles! Also love the use of acronyms here.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Mary, i never make truffles before, I must try this one day. Thanks for sharing.

Carolyn™ said...

Reads and looks wonderful I love chocolate and hazelnuts.

Chele said...

Yum! I'm a bit of a dab hand at the old truffles (if I do say so myself!!!!) so will be giving this recipe a try for sure. Thanks for sharing with us ;0)

penny aka jeroxie said...

those are just balls of yumminess.!

Priya said...

Send me some, very tempting truffles..

Nancy and Vijay said...

Mary these look heavenly!

Rachel said...

Your truffles look amazing. I love your presentation!

From the Kitchen said...

I'm thinking Valentine's for these truffles. I'm glad that you used milk chocolate. I love it!

Best,
Bonnie

Blog is the New Black said...

I saw Ina Garten make something so similiar this weekend! Looks great!

Linda Starr said...

UMMMM, hazelnuts aren't used enough, truffles, just devine.

Linda Starr said...

should be divine, but I said it de - vine, so I spelled it that way some how, he he. must have been your lucious photo that had me mesmerized.

bellini valli said...

Thanks for sharing this family favourite with us Mary. Have a joyous holiday whatever treasures it holds.

Susan said...

Mary, you have found a treasure here. I had to chuckle...you are so clever. I recognized that wooden box immediately. I married a man with much Norwegian blood and salt cod is familiar around here.

Julie said...

These truffles look amazingly good! Sharing them with your daughters and pear brandy, even better!! Cheers!






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Heye,

Gorgeous looking truffles...Perfect for this season!!yummy..:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

Jenn said...

Chocolate...Hazelnuts... Truffles.... What's not to love here? OMG these look amazing!

The Food Hound said...

These would smoke Ferrero Roche in any competition :) They look amazing!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Well, my goal is now to become your BFF! Best wishes for the holidays!

lena said...

mary, looks great and seems easy to make these. yup, can have these all the time!

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

This is definitely the season for hazelnuts. I love them and have made some treats with them. These hazelnut truffles are calling out to me. They look wonderful! I would have them any time over Ferreros :)

Diana's Cocina said...

I'm sure these beauties are delicious. I've added them to my list " to make soon".

Ann said...

The recipients of these truffles must feel really lucky. I feel lucky just knowing this recipe, now. Thanks, Mary!

Gloria said...

This look amazing and delicious like always dear Mary, have a lovely and blessings to you! gloria

Y. Ikeda said...

Looks so yummy. I admire your skills to photograph foods, and your cooking, of course!
I will check shelves to see if there is any chocolate left!
Have a wonderful day.

Elin said...

Mary...hugs and muakz for you...I love truffles and yours came just perfect for Xmas :) I am going to make this for Xmas...another 3 days left ! Great pictures :)

Have a blessed Xmas and happy holidays,
Elin

PeggyR said...

Those sound heavenly!

Design Wine and Dine said...

Beautiful! I would love to squeeze some truffle making in - in the next few days! Love their endless possibilities!

Indrė said...

Perfect Idea for presents. I think i'm going to to these. Just hard job to blanch nuts is waiting (where are live you can rarely find blanched nuts :( )

Mrs K said...

These look so perfectly round and melt in your mouth variety.I had also made some double chocolate truffles with almonds and almond extract :) Mary ,I tried the herb bread and have posted it on my blog,it turned out excellent.Thanks!!!

thehungryartist said...

Beautiful truffles. Love the combination of chocolate and hazelnut!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Mary~ I'm putting this recpie away for Valentine's Day! It does sound easy and delicious.
I could eat one... or two truffles every day. And to sip it with pear brandy while savoring these truffles sounds divine!
You always amaze me!
Merry Christmas~ may your day be filled with joy!
Yvonne

teresa said...

oh how brilliant! such a wonderful treat for the holidays!

Claudia said...

PDG indeed! They're luscious. I love that they are "private stock." (I have a few treats like that - family only).

Kim said...

Mary - I love how you describe them as private stock. That tells me these truffles are a much loved and prized confection. I hope you enjoy many of these truffles with your girls this holiday season.

P.S. I love your idea of adding Nutella for a triple hazelnut punch.

Enjoy the season!

Emily Z said...

What beautiful truffles. I love the combination of chocolate and hazelnut, it is wonderful.

scrambledhenfruit said...

I love those Ferrero Rocher truffles- I'm sure this version is just as delicious. You can't go wrong with chocolate and hazelnut. (And the Nutella "punch" sounds like a fabulous idea!) I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Jennifurla said...

Just gorgeous, what a lovely treat.

Kim said...

I love these truffles! I prepared some of them too! My recipe is a bit like yours, and it's so true that it's a treat!

Ginny said...

Oh, these look so yummy! I would love to taste one, I bet they're decadent!

bunny The Paris House said...

Mary I'm with Yvonne on this, I will make these for Christmas and definitely file this recipe in my Valentines folder. I always make truffles for Valentines day and your recipe sounds divine!
Happy Holidays
xx
Bunny

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

This was going to be my first year making truffles and I ran out of time to get them finished before the holidays. Yours look decadent and I can see why you save them for the special people in your life.

Have a Merry Christmas Mary!

Joanne said...

I was considering making a white chocolate hazelnut cake for Christmas and then realized that one of my cousins is allergic to hazelnuts! I need to get my fix somewhere, however, so perhaps I'll just make these and keep them all to myself!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I will enjoy sharing these with my daughters as we talk late into the night. Thank you for the lovely idea Mary! Oh, and the Nutella sounds fantastic too.

aipi said...

Those truffles are to die for!!

US Masala

Lucie said...

I can't get enough Ferrero Rocher when Christmas rolls around--it's the only time in the year I allow myself to have them! I've got to say, though, your version looks much better, Mary!

Debinhawaii said...

These look delicious and I love how you have them in the wooden box--so pretty. ;-)

Jamie said...

What perfect truffles! And yes, we love one or two little chocolate treats like this with our glass of wine after a good meal. Fabulous recipe and one I will be nabbing! Hoping you and your family have a Joyous Holiday Season!

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

My mouth is watering and it's not even 9am yet! I am going to make these...a batch for me and then one for everyone else!!

A Canadian Foodie said...

I love the box you have these in. Lucky recipient on the other end. That is some Christmas love!
Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family!
I wish you warmth, love, and happiness!
BIG hug!
:)
Valerie

Valérie said...

They look sublime! We recently made a huge batch of truffles around here, with different flavours (coffee, cassis, Espelette chili pepper, and violet), but these look so pretty! Let us know if you try the Nutella version.

Leslie said...

Beautiful and delicious!

Kim - Liv Life said...

Absolutely amazing!! I love truffles, and hazelnuts are a new favorite find. I think I will toss some of these together tomorrow for our holiday plates! Excellent idea!

Kate said...

Your truffles look amazing! There isn't a better combo than chocolate and hazelnuts! Great photography!

Zupan's Markets said...

Yummmmm! And a great gift for Christmas!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

You're truffles look so gourmet--great job!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

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