Yes, it is finally my week! And with this heat, boy am I glad I picked something that didn't really require much baking.

I love hazelnuts. The taste, the smell... just love everything about it. Toasting the hazelnuts made my house very hot yet very fragrant... and made the heat just that much bearable.

Hazelnut Truffles (page 218-219 from Sweet Melissa's book)

3 1/2 cups of blanched hazelnuts or filberts
14 ounces of best-quality semisweet (58%) chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur (Frangelico)

• Spread the hazelnuts out on a cookie sheet and toast for about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

• Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put in a large bowl.

• In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the heavy cream to scalding, or until the cream is steaming and tiny bubbles have formed along the edges. Do not boil. Immediately pour over the chocolate to cover. Set aside for 5 minutes.

• Place 1 1/2 cups of hazelnuts in a resealable plastic bag, seal tightly and tap the nuts with a rolling pin until they are finely crushed.
• Whisk the chocolate cream mixture until smooth. Stir in the liqueur and the crushed hazelnuts until blended.

• Refrigerate until the truffle base is firm enough to scoop, at least 2 hours.
Place the remaining 2 cups of hazelnuts in another resealable plastic bag, seal tightly and tap the nuts with the rolling pin until they are finely crushed. Transfer the crushed nuts to a shallow soup bowl.
• Roll each truffle in the chopped hazelnuts to cover.

The truffles are best eaten at room temperature. They keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Now, the changes that I made:

• First, I halved the recipe.
• I used semisweet chips so saved myself some chopping time.
• Instead of hazelnut liqueur, I used hazelnut spread. I really didn't want to buy a whole big bottle of Frangelico just for this, so I used about 1/3 cups of hazelnut spread and incorporated it while I was whisking the chocolate spread when it was still warm.

I have to say, these were really, really, unbelievably good. So much like the Ferrer Rocher chocolates that I think I can wrap them up in gold paper and give it away as a gift! I will definitely be making these in the future, as well as trying other flavors.

Comments (14)

On August 16, 2009 at 12:21 PM , Katiecakes said...

I thought they were like Rochers too! So tasty!

What a good idea using Nutella, wish I thought of that. Thanks for picking such an awesome recipe!

Katie xox

On August 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM , Nina said...

Oh, what a good idea using Nutella. Although I'm afraid I would finish eating all the nutella before it actually getting anywhere.

Thanks for hosting.


On August 16, 2009 at 1:15 PM , Cristine said...

Good call on using Nutella! YUM!

On August 16, 2009 at 1:38 PM , margot said...

Thanks for a fun pick, your truffles look yummy! And so does that big jar of Nutella.

On August 16, 2009 at 2:54 PM , Michele said...

Thanks for such a great pick! The truffles are delicious. Nutella was a great idea!

On August 16, 2009 at 4:20 PM , Jennifer said...

Yours look SO good!!! i could not find hazelnuts anywhere so I had to use pecans, still love them though! Thanks for hosting this week :)

On August 16, 2009 at 6:43 PM , junyl6 said...

I'm a frangelico lover, but the nutella sub sounds genius! I'm also planning on using these as gifts in the future - Thanks for such a yummy pick!!

On August 16, 2009 at 8:28 PM , k.a.r.e.n said...

Wooooo... nutella!! I was wondering why that was in the picture! These were great & easy.

On August 16, 2009 at 9:51 PM , Sarah said...

Great pick this week - I loooove truffles... A little too much probably... These were really fun to make, and so delicious - I'm enjoying one right now...

On August 16, 2009 at 10:13 PM , HanaĆ¢ said...

Your truffles look great. Good call on the Nutella. I'm glad you enjoyed them. Sorry I couldn't make these with you this week (too many things going on, including baking for a State Fair baking contest next weekend).

On August 17, 2009 at 9:29 AM , Amy J said...

Gotta try these for sure.

Just found you today. What is Sweet Melissa Sunday's?

On August 17, 2009 at 10:12 AM , BAKING is my ZeN...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Absolutely delish! Will be trying this soon! Carmen

On September 8, 2009 at 7:57 PM , Eliana said...

Your truffles look delicious. This was a great pick. Sorry I wasn't able to bake along with you as I was away for my wedding/honeymoon.

On October 1, 2009 at 11:23 AM , Basically, Baby Boots said...

Although I'm very late writing this and I don't have a pictured posted for this particular recipe, I did make it and like you I was quite pleased. Since I purchased an entire bottle of Fangelico, I will be making batches and batches of these delicious truffles over the holidays and giving them away as gifts. They are that good and easy to make.