Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Chocolate Nutella Balls for a Nutella loving friend

Chocolate Nutella Balls
So, it's my friends birthday party tonight, and knowing that he is an avid lover of all things Nutella, I decided to make him some Chocolate Hazelnut Balls.  I took a basic chocolate ball recipe and modified it to pack a nutella and hazelnut punch.
  • 200g dark chocolate (I love Cadbury), chopped
  • 1/3 cup of thickened cream
  • 1/2 a cup of crushed vanilla wafers (Italian are best or you could substitute for crushed ice-cream cones)
  • 1/3 cup of Nutella
  • 1/4 cup of flaked almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
  • A handful of hazelnuts
  • chocolate sprinkles/flakes to coat

What to do

In a small saucepan, combine the chocolate and cream.  Stir over low heat for 3-4 minutes until melted and smooth.

Mix in the wafers, Nutella and almonds.  Transfer mixture to a small bowl (stainless is best).  Chill for approximately 1 hour until firm.

Using the palm of your hands, roll heaped teaspoons of the chocolate mixture into smooth, round balls around a hazelnut.  And then coat the outside of the ball by rolling them in chocolate flakes.

Place the balls on a paper lined (grease proof of course) baking tray and chill for another hour or so.

TIP:  I find that if you keep your hands cold by rubbing an ice cube or holding them under cold water and then drying them off, the chocolate won't stick to your hands as much.

Once they are chilled and set, I packaged them in a sweet little japanese paper bag with heaps of ribbon.  Such a sweet gift!

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