I have always been a huge fan of Ferrero Rochers, these festive chocolate and hazelnut truffles, although I have to break the myth: we don't serve them at ambassadors' receptions! At least not at the embassy where I used to work.
Good news though: we now serve them at Del's cooking twist receptions, and soon at yours as well, since I worked on an easy recipe that you can try at home. The idea is simple: using simple natural ingredients and no palm oil! The crispy taste is slightly different from the original recipe but you will be happy to boast to your guests that the recipe is indeed made of natural ingredients only and does not include any artificial or unhealthy additives. Instead of palm oil I used hazelnut butter, which is known to be supercharged with numerous healthy nutrients.
It's a fun recipe that you can make with your kids. A good way to teach them the love for good food even when it comes to chocolate goodies! In the end, shape a lovely pyramid on a tray and enjoy with your guests!
Ingredients (Serves 16-18):
- 100g semi sweet chocolate
- 100g milk chocolate
- 100g hazelnut butter
- 1/4 cup whipped cream
- 16-18 hazelnuts
- crushed hazelnuts
1. Melt the semi sweet chocolate using the water bath method. Pour over the hazelnut butter and mix well. Cool this chocolate-hazelnut paste in the refrigerator for 3 hours minimum.
2. Toast the hazelnut on a small pan on high heat for 5 minutes so that you can peel the skin and keep only the white and slightly toasted hazelnut.
3. After 3 hours, remove the chocolate-hazelnut paste from the refrigerator. Extract some paste of the size of a teaspoon, place a hazelnut in the middle and shape in a lovely ball. Repeat the same process for all the balls.
4. Melt the milk chocolate with the whipped cream in a saucepan in a water bath and cool for 5 minutes. Dip the chocolate hazelnut balls in this melted chocolate with the help of a toothpick and place on flat dish cover with parchment paper. Sprinkle some crushed hazelnuts around them and cool in the refrigerator 2 more hours before serving.