Prep 1 hr
Cook 6 hrs
Mmm need I say any more than the title. Your friends will think you bought these--they are so good, and they are easy to make variations with too. (Originally from Truffles, Candies & Confections by Carole Bloom).
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (unflavoured like safflower)
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄2 cup whole toasted hazelnuts (skinned)
- 2 1⁄2 lbs bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with the vegetable oil and set aside.
- Combine the sugar and water in a 1-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan and cook over high heat until the mixture begins to turn a light caramel colour (about 8 minutes).
- Brush down the sides of the pans two times with a pastry brush dipped in water to prevent the sugar from crystallizing.
- When the mixture becomes caramel coloured, quickly stir in the toasted hazelnuts with a wooden spoon, coating them completely with the caramel.
- Remove the pan from the heat, and immediately turn the hazelnut mixture into the oiled cake pan and let it cool completely (about 30 minutes).
- Break the praline into pieces and pulverize to a powder in a food processor.
- Place 1 pound of the chocolate in a 2-quart mixing bowl. In a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, bring cream to a boil.
- Pour the cream over the chocolate and let stand for one minute, then whisk until thoroughly blended.
- Mix in 3/4 of the hazelnut praline mixture and blend well.
- Cover and let cool to room temp and chill for 2-3 hours.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Use a piping bag to pipe out 60 1-inch mounds.
- Cover and let chill in freezer for 2 hours.
- Dust your hands with cocoa powder and roll the mounds into balls (these will be the truffle centers) and let chill for another 2 hours in the freezer.
- Remove truffles from the freezer and bring to cool- room temperature so the outer coating won't crack when they are dipped.
- Line 2 more baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Melt and temper the remaining 1 1/2 pounds chocolate.
- Put a truffle centre into the chocolate, coat completely, remove with a fork, and place on the pan.
- Sprinkle the remaining praline on the top of the truffles before the chocolate sets.