Hazelnut-Chocolate Truffles

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Ingredients

3/4 cup whipping cream
1 cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur
3/4 cup hazelnuts
1 (3-ounce) dark chocolate bar, chopped*

Preparation

Bring cream to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; whisk in bittersweet chocolate, butter, and hazelnut liqueur until well combined. Chill at least 2 hours.

Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until hazelnuts are toasted. Place warm hazelnuts in a dish towel, and rub vigorously to remove skins.

Process toasted hazelnuts in a food processor until ground. Place in a shallow dish.

Shape chocolate mixture into 1-inch balls. Melt chopped dark chocolate bar in a small saucepan over low heat. Roll each ball in 1 teaspoon of melted dark chocolate, and immediately roll in toasted, ground hazelnuts.

Cover and chill truffles until ready to serve.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate for dark chocolate bar.

*1/2 cup semisweet morsels may be substituted for dark chocolate bar.

Note:

Executive Chef David Garrido,

Jeffrey's, Austin, Texas,

November 2003
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